Starting Date: 11-13-2015
Ending Date: 11-14-2015
Metro State University
St. Paul, Minnesota 55106
United StatesOvercoming Racism: Vigilance Now!
Friday November 13, 8:00 - 4:30 & Saturday November 14, 9:00 - 3:45
At Metropolitan State University in St. Paul
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Friday AM keynoters: Mahmoud El-Kati and Nekima Levy-Pounds, followed by Voices of Vigilance panelists
Saturday AM keynoter: Heather Hackman
Each afternoon will offer a diverse and powerful selection of breakout sessions/workshops.
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.”
Abolitionist Wendell Phillips, 1852
“Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968
“We have a shared responsibility to be vigilant about the many contemporary forms of slavery.”
U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, 2012
Vigilance is the state of being carefully observant and attentive, in order to notice and respond to potential dangers or threats. The 2015 Overcoming Racism conference will explore what vigilance looks like and what vigilance requires of us in order to resist and transform the system of racial hierarchy operating in our lives, organizations, institutions and communities.
Vigilance demands an understanding of how racism has historically been created, enforced and embedded in systems and structures as well as in our minds and bodies – and the many ways that people and communities have resisted. We must uplift and strengthen narratives that advance racial equity and inclusion to counter the mainstream narratives that continue to enforce white domination, and carefully observe and call out the ways different systems of oppression intersect with and support racism.
Conference participants will have the opportunity to hear multiple perspectives on vigilance and racism past and present; to learn about different approaches and tools for vigilance, resistance and response; and to connect with others working to transform organizations, institutions and communities.
Conference Learning Objectives
Understand the ways History shapes our racial realities and influences our racial equity work today
Recognize what/whose narratives are dominant and what forms narratives take
Learn skills for responding to dominant narratives and strengthening alternative narratives
Explore the ways different systems of oppression intersect with and exacerbate racism
Know what vigilance looks like and what it requires of individuals and organizations
Geographical Scope: State