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.
Senior Editorial Director
Angela Bronner Helm. Black woman smiles in the sunlight.

Angela Bronner Helm is a journalist and editor with more than 20 years of experience in media. She began her career at The Source magazine during hip-hop’s golden era and is a founding editor of Honey magazine. She and has held top editorial positions at Uptown and Essence magazines; she also served for six semesters as an adjunct professor of journalism at the City College of New York. Most recently, Angela was an editor at The Root, where her focus was on racial, social and reproductive justice, mental health and culture. She currently is Sr. Editorial Director at Colorlines, a nonprofit news site committed to racial equity and centering the voices of marginalized people. In 2018, she received The Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship.

For the last several years, Angela has been an editor with Echoing Ida, a writing project for Black women and nonbinary folk to amplify their voices in media. She has also taught media literacy to 16 and 17-year-olds incarcerated on Riker’s Island and later at Horizons Youth Correctional Center in the Bronx, New York. Angela has a B.A. in women’s and gender studies from Amherst College and an M.A. in journalism and cultural reporting and criticism from New York University. She is a longtime resident of Harlem but has recently made her way to the suburbs, where she often wonders if she’s on another planet.