Facing Race

SAVE THE DATE! The next Facing Race conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan from November 8-10, 2018. Registration is now open. Sign up for updates on the Facing Race site.

Facing Race: A National Conference is a biennal, racial justice movement-building event that brings together organizers, artists, scholars, advocates, and journalists from around the country — more than half of whom are Colorlines readers. Facing Race is produced by Colorlines publisher Race Forward, and our last Facing Race was held in Atlanta, GA, days after the 2016 presidential election. Colorlines coverage includes video and reporting from the conference, as well as a Facing Race Leadership Series featuring movement leaders offering inspiring, actionable stories and solutions. 

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

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Social Justice Educator Lutze Segu On Anger And Compassion In Online Activist Spaces

The latest #FacingRace Podcast features a conversation with Lutze Segu on how social media is changing racial justice movements.

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Queer Visual Artist Julio Salgado On Documenting the Undocumented

This “undocu-queer artivist” shares his vision for uplifting the humanity of immigrants and the LGBTQ community

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[VIDEO] Jose Antonio Vargas On The Presidential Election, Immigration Reform And Racism in America

Facing Race keynote speaker Jose Antonio Vargas has tips for how to remain resilient in the face of anti-immigrant and racist attitudes.

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[VIDEO] Roxane Gay on Women Writers of Color, Kaepernick's Stand, Police Violence and More

When you get the chance to pick Roxane Gay’s brain on everything from self-care to the publishing industry, you take it.

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Facing Race Leaders on Changing Media and Changing Lives

Three changemakers give Colorlines a preview of how they’re using media to shift racial narratives in pop culture.

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Self Care in the Multiracial Movement for Black Lives

There are many ways that leaders keep going in the face of work that can be traumatic.

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The 'Black Panther' Cast is Peak Black Excellence

The official cast lineup was revealed at Comic-Con, and it’s lit. Plus, writer Roxane Gay will co-write a new comic companion series to the current “Black Panther” comic reboot.