Join ColorLines at the 2010 Facing Race Conference

Racial justice activists from across the country are meeting in Chicago for the largest multi-racial gathering in the country for advocates committed to change.

By Rinku Sen Sep 15, 2010

Racial justice activists from across the country are meeting in Chicago for Facing Race 2010, the largest multi-racial gathering in the country for organizations and individuals committed to change.

Sponsored by Applied Research Center, publisher of and the nation’s leading think tank on race, the conference offers discussions on today’s hot-button race issues in the US that covers every day.


What you’ll find at Facing Race…

Facing Race 2010 will present a series of plenary sessions, an array of workshop topics, a film series, and an arts and culture component, guided by three thematic tracks: racial justice policy change, strategic communication and media, and community organizing. This is one event you don’t want to miss! Some conference highlights:

  • Keynote Speaker: Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University
  • Emcee: Chris Rabb, civic innovator and author of Invisible Capital
  • Media Plenary: FCC Commissioner Clyburn will kick-start the discussion; media plenary panel to talk new media strategies
  • Artist performances: DJ Rich Medina, W. Kamau Bell, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, and John Murillo 
  • Networking Parties & Performances: Sept 23 6:30-11:00PM and Sept 24 7PM-12midnight
  • Release: ARC study "Better Together: Research Findings on the Relationship between Racial Justice and LGBT Communities"
  • Action! Preview of immigrant rights campaign to be unveiled immediately post-conference 
  • ColorLines crew: Hear from publisher and ARC executive director Rinku Sen, CL Editorial Director Kai Wright, and other editorial staff presenting throughout the conference, learn more about the relaunch of at our table.


Sept. 23-25, 2010, McCormick Hyatt, Chicago, IL

Press passes waive registration – email for more info.

Folks are talking about Facing Race:

  • "America’s failings to substantively address the continuing challenges of race emerges from a lack of shared vocabulary and experiences, collective understanding of the difference between personal attitudes and systematic discrimination, common data about racial inequity, and historical knowledge about how power and privilege operate," said Harris-Lacewell. "Most importantly, however, we lack a collective vision of a racially just future. These are the aspects of race that we must face, working in communities across America among people of good faith. That is why I am so pleased to be a part of this conference." 
  • "With Kamau Bell, Rich Medina and the other stars performing at Facing Race, this conference is not to be missed! Looking forward to sharing the stage with these phenomenal change-makers." Chris Rabb
  • "ARC has the best frame in the country for facing race in the U.S. and is probably the best at teaching activists and advocates how to use that frame to create racial justice."
  • "This is the only conference I’ve ever attended that kept me engaged and inspired from beginning to end."