Save the dates for the 2021 Overcoming Racism Conference: The Fierce Urgency for Transformation Now! Happening online November 12-13, 2021.
We host an annual two-day conference that aims to inspire people to work to overcome racism where they live, work and play, and to provide them with practical tools to do so. The conference draws more than 600 people, and offers keynote speakers, many workshops, and opportunities to network.
Each year we pick a different conference theme. For instance, in 2018 our theme was “Overcoming Racism In Spite Of…” 2019’s theme was “Dismantling White Supremacy – Its Power, Structures and Culture”. The theme for 2020 (our first virtual event) was “Taking Back “We the People”.
This year the Overcoming Racism conference is will be virtual once again – and the theme is The Fierce Urgency for Transformation Now! November 12-13, 2021
In addition to participating in the conference, you are invited to help shape it or be a presenter.
In January and February, we begin to brainstorm about the theme for that year’s conference and who would be good keynote speakers and artists. You are invited to participate in the planning process. In the spring we put out an appeal for volunteers to submit workshop proposals based the conference’s theme. Get on our e-mail list to stay up-to-date on our request for presenters.
The Overcoming Racism Conference grew out of the work of ASDIC (Antiracism Dialogue Circles) and Cherokee Park United Church. What started as a community meeting at the church quickly outgrew the space. The conference now meets at Metropolitan State University and draws people from all over the Twin Cities. Conference participants include community activists, educators, government employees, grass roots organizations, and community members who want to learn more. The conference workshops provide them with a wide range of offerings, appealing to both those who are new to antiracism work and want to get involved and those who have been working on these issues for decades.