Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Paris Hatcher

Better Together Manager | Race Forward

Paris Hatcher is a Black, queer feminist in love with the South. With over 10 years of experience on the local, national, and international level, Paris has been working with leading organizations to amplify the leadership of marginalized communities, win public policy campaigns, and advance reproductive and sexual health and justice, gender justice and queer liberation. Notably, she co-founded and was the Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, one of the leading reproductive health and justice organizations in the Southeast. Under her direction SPARK led successful advocacy campaigns, increased the participation of women of color, queer and trans youth of color, and young people in the political process, and worked with stakeholders to begin to shift the narrative about reproductive health and justice in the state of Georgia and in the Southeast. She completed her Masters of Arts in Africana Women’s Studies at Clark Atlanta University with a research focus on Caribbean women’s activism and social movements. Paris is a Board member of SONG (Southerners On New Ground), a founding Board member for the Groundswell Fund(2007-2012), a founding Steering Committee member for the Black Reproductive Justice Think Tank, and a bike magician with Red, Bike, and Green. When not grinding for justice, you can find Paris on her bike, on the farm, dancing, or with her fabulous family including her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Audre.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Jubilee: A Black Feminist Homecoming

Jubilee: A Black Feminist Homecoming celebrates the legacy, power, and possibilities of Black feminisms, following the August 28, 2021, event that uplifted a colorful and expansive production of performers, liberators, and guiding stars that told the story of Black feminist activism, unveiled the Black Feminist Platform, with concrete actions to take toward liberation.

Directed by Paris Hatcher; Executive Produced by Black Feminist Future; Produced by Chisom Chieke; Co-Produced by Crystal Des-Ogugua

Speakers: Paris Hatcher, Black Feminist Future, Chisom Chieke, Crystal Des-Ogugua

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Racing Up Your Movement

Race plays a role in every issue, but is often ignored in crafting strategy. In this workshop, three national leaders will reveal how their organizations and allies asserted a race frame on movements that were predominantly white. From stories about shifting the good food, reproductive rights and media reform movements, attendees will learn principles and gather ideas for research, leadership development and communications to blast through resistance to a race frame.  

Speakers: Malkia Cyril, Saru Jayaraman, Miriam Yeung, Paris Hatcher