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!

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Immigrant Rights Defenders: Walking in Crossroads

Members of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center surveyed their colleagues about their own experiences navigating race and other positionalities amidst the current political landscape.

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Facing Race Livestream: Watch Hari Kondabolu, Tarana Burke, adrienne maree brown and Many More!

Check out the keynotes and plenaries from Facing Race 2018.

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Facing Race Presents: Racial Justice Reads

Race Forward is launching first-ever book fair at Facing Race later this week. “Racial Justice Reads” will feature six prominent authors from a variety of corners of the movement, reading from and signing their books for conference goers. 

Breakout Session Sneak Peek: Decolonizing Gender: A Curriculum

Facing Race Sneak Peek: Decolonizing Gender: A Curriculum

Today’s Q&A is with Race Forward’s Malcolm Shanks, who will be leading a breakout session on Decolonizing Gender. 

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Letter from the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center

An open letter to Facing Race attendees from Detroit’s James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. 

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UNITEHERE! Worker Strike in Detroit - Important Info for Facing Race Attendees

Facing Race stands in solidarity with the unions striking at the Westin Book Cadillac and will not cross that or any other picket line. Read on for important info on ways you can show support, and steps for changing hotel reservations. 

Breakout Session Sneak Peek: Racial Equity Strategies for Workforce Development

Facing Race Sneak Peek: Racial Equity Strategies for Workforce Development

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the hundreds of breakout sessions that will be taking place at Facing Race: Racial Equity Strategies for Workforce Development. 

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WATCH: Welcome to Detroit (Full)

You’ve seen the sneak peek, now check out the full video! Facing Race presents: Welcome to Detroit. 

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Facing Race Sneak Peek: Building Authentic Community Government Partnerships

Ahead of November’s conference, we will be sharing sneak peeks of various breakout sessions. Check out today’s Q&A with Race Forward’s Julie Nelson and Dwayne Marsh. 

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 Rights 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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WATCH: 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.