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New Detroit Announces Keynote Speakers for Just Lead: Advancing Racial Equity Conference in October

August 24, 2022

New Detroit, the Detroit racial equity organization, announces that The Who We Are Project founder, attorney, and racial justice activist Jeffery Robinson will join Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, professor, acclaimed historian, and author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist, and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, physician, epidemiologist, educator, author, and CNN commentator, as keynote speakers for the Just Lead: Advancing Racial Equity conference, Oct. 13-14, 2022, at the Detroit Marriott.

Robinson’s The Who We Are Project is an outgrowth of a talk that he has been giving for the past 10 years on the history of anti-Black racism and the myth of white supremacy in the United States. His Netflix feature-length documentary film, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America challenges the dominant narrative of our nation’s founding, demonstrating how slavery’s legacy has led to persistent and abiding racial inequality, and promoting education, discourse, and change.

“The roster of speakers for this conference are an impressive cadre of voices who not only understand that racial inequity is a national issue but are committed to create an equitable and just society that unites us all beyond any differences we may have,” said New Detroit’s president and chief executive officer Michael Rafferty. “These two days of presentations and dialogues will be impactful for organizations dedicated to true equity and individuals committed to antiracism and tearing down systemic racism.”

New Detroit’s Just Lead: Advancing Racial Equity is a two-day hybrid conference that will provide leaders with up-to-date information on key issues related to racial equity and equip them with motivation, tools, and support to advance racial equity individually and collectively. National and local speakers will offer participants at different levels of knowledge and experiences compelling perspectives on racial equity and racial justice. This will be a collaborative space to address the critical issues of right now with a goal of sprouting a collective regional vision for racial equity.

Registration is open now with discounted early registration until Wednesday, Aug. 31. New Detroit is dedicated to providing opportunities to this conference on a sliding scale.

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