Alexis McGill-Johnson

Alexis McGill Johnson is the Executive Director of the American Values Institute. Previously she served as Political Director to Russell Simmons and Executive Director of Citizen Change, founded by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs to educate, motivate, and empower young voters. She launched the Vote or Die! campaign, mixing traditional grassroots mobilization with nontraditional consumer-based marketing methods. She serves as a private consultant to a variety of organizations, donors, and artists.

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Moving the Race Conversation Forward

From Ferguson to Paula Deen, this session will identify and describe some of the key ways media-driven conversations in the United States unproductively approach issues of race and racism. Panelists will present research and analysis of recent media coverage, describe some of the major impediments to productive racial discourse, and provide recommendations on how to reframe the public conversation on race using lessons from several recent interventions and initiatives that are breaking down significant barriers toward racial justice.

Speakers: Rinku Sen, Jay Smooth, Sally Kohn, Alexis McGill-Johnson