Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. William Barber II face emanates neon purple rays against a background of dark blue with dark teal concentric pentagonal shapes that subtly meet one another to create a cohesive pattern as they radiate out in to space. Race Forward Presents Facing Race: A National Conference.

Stacia L. Brown is Colorlines’ Editorial Fellow for Community Engagement. During her 12-month fellowship, Stacia is developing new ways to foster productive dialogue with and among our readers. In sum, she’s here to increase the sense of community between our readers, the Colorlines reporters and the newsmakers we cover.

Stacia is the founder of Beyond Baby Mamas, a social media community dedicated to single mothers of color. The group provides a safe space for moms to share stories and dialogue on issues large and small, from the political to the emotional. She’s also a founding blogger at PostBourgie and a regular contributor to The Atlantic’s The Sexes blog and to Huffington Post Live.