Click below to register for the 2022 Overcoming Racism Conference
The Power of Truth Telling
November 11-12th, 2022
Join us at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN
Live stream of keynote speakers and presentations available
Organized and created by the volunteers of
The Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC)
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2021 Keynote Speakers
Friday November 12th
with follow up round table discussion featuring local activists
Ruth Buffalo is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. She is originally from Mandaree. Ruth has served in various capacities focused on building healthy and safe communities.
Ruth was elected into the North Dakota House of Representatives in 2018 and proudly serves the people of District 27 in south Fargo.
Featured Panelists and Activists..
“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds!”
Anisa Omar is a graduate from Minnesota State University Mankato with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Anisa is committed to creating an equitable and just society for all individuals inclusive of race, religion, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. In her free time Anisa enjoys serving as a mentor for youth in her community and serving as a Governor-appointed Cabinet Member for the Young Women’s Initiative where she is provided the opportunity to assist in creating policy changes that centers BIPOC.
Jim Bear Jacobs
Jim Bear Jacobs was born in St. Paul, he is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. Presently he is parish associate at Church of All Nations Presbyterian Church. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is the Director of Community Engagement and Racial Justice for the Minnesota Council of Churches. Additionally he is the creator and director of “Healing Minnesota Stories,” a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches dedicated to ensuring that the Native American voice is heard in areas where it has long been ignored.
Lex Scott is the Founder of Black Lives Matter Utah and the United Front Civil Rights Organization. She is the winner of three Utah Best In State Awards. She also was awarded the E50 Award, Most Tireless Advocate Award, Excellence in Civil Rights Award, the Social Justice Award from Omega Psi Phi, and the ACLU torch of Freedom award. She has been recognized nationally for her work in civil rights. She has been featured in two PBS documentaries, an MTV documentary, Vanity Fair magazine, The Guardian, The Atlantic, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, UK Sun, ABC News, and many other outlets. She is the founder of the Utah Black History Museum. She has held three summer camps for Black children, helps to feed the homeless, does know your rights trainings and white ally trainings, and has written police reform legislation. She is currently working on two books; one is her autobiography and the other is regarding police reform. She is excited for her new transition within the civil rights world.