2018 Program: General
Join Historian & Educator, Jamon Jordon, on the Detroit: Ground Zero for a Divided America Bus tour. Learn more about Detroit’s history of resistance.
In order to join the Bus Tour, you must have a pre-purchased a ticket. The bus tour is an additional activity organized in conjunction with Facing Race 2018 Conference and not included in your registration fee.
Tickets for the bus tour are sold out.
We are living in an era of intensified culture wars, a time of competing narratives: a fearful, exclusive America versus a hopeful, transformative America. Which narrative prevails depends upon how well we organize and strategize to grow our narrative and cultural power. This panel will feature the acclaimed writer adrienne maree brown, cultural organizer Bree Newsome, Rashad Robinson, executive director at Color of Change, and Favianna Rodriguez, cultural strategist at CultureStr/ke, speaking with Jeff Chang about the ideas, practices and strategies that can move our imagination towards mutuality, equity, and freedom.
Ghost Summer, The Good House and My Soul to Keep (African Immortals Series)
FRED Talks (Facing Race, Elevating Democracy) are videos produced at local events where activists and leaders share their stories and effective strategies for change. The stories and lived experiences of those most impacted by Mass Criminalization and Immigration are the foundations from which we weave our Movements. In order to shift narratives and break down systems of oppression we must amplify the voices of those who are leading the work.
FRED talks serve as a platform, a political education tool and a point of unapologetic connection. We are called to lean in, listen, teach and learn from the legacies of those who have innovated and upheld our Movements while creating a path for the change makers still to come.
Emergent Strategies, Octavia’s Brood
Reclaiming the American Dream
Join the staff of Colorlines as we celebrate 20 years of groundbreaking work centering the experiences and strategies of people of color and shifting the narrative around justice, liberation and dignity. We will also unveil the first ever Colorlines 20 x 20, which honors transformative leaders who—in the spirit of our mission—are reimagining what it means to advance racial justice.
Jeff Chang: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Who We Be
Rinku Sen: Stir It Up, The Accidental American
All of us strive to align our personal practice in social change with our values. Actor and teaching artist Dawn-Lyen Gardner and activist/writer Rinku Sen make change while obsessing about the big questions: Where are we on the spectrum of despair to optimism? How do we cultivate courage, vulnerability and creativity? Is a racial identity fixed or fluid? Can pop culture really drive systemic change? How do we hold on to our ethics when the cost of doing so is high? Join these two racial justice leaders in a wide-ranging yet intimate conversation about leadership, morality, identity, art, and much more.
As the U.S. approaches 2043 and a demographic tipping point, right-wing demagogues of division are advancing their vision of white minority rule. How do we think about the struggle for a democratic future? What kinds of lessons can we draw from the global crisis of neoliberalism, beset by extreme economic and social inequality coupled with the rise of religious fundamentalism, misogyny, and racial and ethnic nationalism? How do we stop the march toward authoritarianism? In this plenary, leading thinkers and organizers discuss how we can advance the promise and possibility of a true multiracial democracy.