Facing Race

Facing Race 2018 is fast-approaching, and will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan from November 8th – 10th. Be sure to register and sign up for updates.

Facing Race: A National Conference is the largest multiracial gathering for organizers, educators, creatives, and other leaders working to advance racial justice — more than half of whom are Colorlines readers. This biennial, movement-building event will present over 100 workshops and access to over 180 presenters. Facing Race is produced by Colorlines publisher Race Forward. Be sure to keep checking this page for exciting new updates and original content leading up to and during the conference. We look forward to seeing you in Detroit!

Facing Race: A National Conference. Presented by Race Forward, Facing Race will take place Nov. 8-10 in Detroit, MI

Full "Facing Race" Program Schedule Released!

The conference will feature more than 210 speakers at over 100 breakout sessions, panels, and plenaries. Register today!

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Hari Kondabolu to Deliver Second Keynote at Facing Race in Detroit

Esteemed writer, comedian, and podcaster Hari Kondabolu will deliver a keynote address at the nation’s largest conference for racial justice movement-making.

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SKOOT on over to Facing Race 2018!

Local Detroit shuttle service SKOOT is offering a special promo for Facing Race attendees. Get your ticket now!

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Detroit Voices: Driving While Black, Riding While Brown

How the Michigan Immigrants Right Center is navigating the state’s oppressive immigration system.

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Honoring Detroit's Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin

Throughout the city, Detroiters are remembering Aretha Franklin’s legacy with tributes, memorials, and celebrations in honor of the Queen of Soul. 

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VIDEO: Welcome to Detroit! (Teaser)

Check out a sneak peek of our Welcome to Detroit video, and be sure to look out for the full version coming this Fall! 

Meet Detroit’s 'Angelic Troublemakers'

As June and LGBTQ Pride Month draw to a close, read the stories of some of Detroit’s most inspiring and committed agents of change who are disrupting the system and devoting their lives to advocating for LGBTQ communities in Michigan and beyond.  

Tarana Burke will deliver a keynote address at Facing Race National Conference in Detroit.

#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke to Keynote Facing Race 2018 in Detroit

Presented by Colorlines publisher Race Forward, Facing Race is the nation’s largest conference for racial justice movement-making

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Save the Date for Facing Race 2018

Race Forward, publisher of Colorlines announced the Facing Race 2018 conference will take place in the city of Detroit, Michigan.

[PHOTOS] Facing Race 2016

A photo essay featuring some of the conference’s special moments.

[VIDEO] Facing Race 2016: Highlights

Watch highlights from our #FacingRace conference in Atlanta, GA, held two days after the national election.

Resilience and Resistance at Facing Race 2016

We hugged each other tighter and longer than we normally would. We didn’t know how we’d make it through the next three days in Atlanta, no less the next four years in America.

WATCH: Where Do We Go From Here? Racial Justice Advocates Respond

Watch the Facing Race 2016 final plenary and Rinku Sen’s closing remarks.

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WATCH: Multiracial Movements for Black Lives Plenary at Facing Race 2016

Six champions of social justice discuss community and allyship for multiracial movements in light of the recent presidential election.

#FacingRace: Our Solutions for Housing Justice, Reproductive Justice and More

Faced with a destructive Trump presidency, the theme of Facing Race 2016 couldn’t be more prescient: “Our Stories, Our Solutions.”

Solidarity with Indigenous Protectors at Standing Rock

We spoke with Judith LeBlanc about supporting Indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock.

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WATCH: Welcome to Atlanta

See another side of Atlanta in this video.

Race Flicks: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in Film

At seven screenings and talkbacks, filmmakers and activists collaborate for social change

Rinku Sen & Gary Delgado on Multiracial Movement Building [PODCAST]

Listen to the conclusion of the “Facing Race: Stories & Voices” podcast with Race Forward Executive Director Rinku Sen and Gary Delgado.

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Facing Race Leadership Series: Creating an Inclusive Conference

A Conference That Models the World We’re Trying to Build