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Charlottesville Revisited: Unpacking Race in America

In recent weeks, our nation has witnessed violent clashes between white supremacist groups, the KKK, and Nazis, and those who vehemently oppose what they stand for. The racial unrest has left many feeling unsettled, concerned, and unsure about the direction in which our country is headed and the steps we must take to undue racism and root out white supremacy in our institutions, government, public symbols, and systems. This event will feature a powerful panel of local and national experts to explore what happened in Charlottesville, VA, how it relates to the history of race relations in the U.S., the connection to past and present racial justice movements, and how we can move forward as a multi-cultural nation. This event is co-sponsored by Black Pearl, LLC; YWCA Minneapolis; Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Hope & Healing Counseling Services.

Expert Panelists:

Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, Founding Member, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Dr. Keith Mayes, Professor of African American & African Studies

Luz Maria Frias, President and CEO, YWCA Minneapolis

Rev. Dr. Brian C. Herron, Senior Pastor, Zion Baptist Church

Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO, Minnesota Council of Churches & Author

*Moderator: Rev. Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, Civil Rights Attorney & Co-founder, Black Pearl, LLC

This event will also feature special performances by Blackout Improv (an all black Improv group) and the Twin Cities Justice Choir, conducted by renowned conductor, singer, & composer Tesfa Wondemagegnehu.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Guthrie Theater

818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

Doors open at 6pm

Show starts promptly at 6:30pm

Space is limited, so please RSVP

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Sponsored by 

We would like to give a very special thank you to our sponsors and hosts. Your sponsorship assisted in bringing this event to life. We could not have done it without you.


Thank you for your dedication in promoting racial equity by partnering with individuals, organizations and businesses through racial justice training, consulting, advocacy, outreach and education. 

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Thank you for your work in supporting local organizations and nonprofits that serve the community.

Black Pearl LLC.

Thank you for continuing to "boldly address the elephant in the room," 

Hope & Healing Counseling Services, LLC

Thank you for having hope that the world will be a better place through the healing of ones mind, body, and spirit.