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A Virtual Summit on Racial Equity

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9:15 AM PST

As our nation faces a public health crisis beyond our comprehension and the subsequent economic fallout, the need to embrace and uplift racial equity could not be more important. Our annual Economic Summit brings together thought leaders at the forefront of the fight for justice and equity.

Join some of the country's leading racial justice experts, advocates, and activists for a full day of cyber networking, fireside chats, and thought-provoking panels on what we must do to ensure that recovery efforts reach all communities. We'll reimagine how to fundamentally transform our economy, society, and our planet with racial equity at the core.

Early Bird Tickets start at $5 and run through April 30, 2020. Limited number available.

Rep. Barbara Lee

Exciting Speakers

Past Summits have featured Van Jones, Dolores Huerta, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Aimee Alison and other key leaders in the fight for equity and justice.


Engaging Panel Discussions

Hear from the people doing the hard work in the real world fighting for racial equity in fields ranging from the environment to health, finance and more.



Cyber mingle and get to know some of the most influential advocates and community leaders in a variety of fields.

Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author
Ibram X. Kendi

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We’re proud to welcome Ibram X. Kendi, a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University to keynote this year’s economic summit. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Kendi has published numerous essays in academic journals and periodicals, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, and The Washington Post. He was also awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and he was honored on The Root 100 in 2019, which listed him as the 15th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45.

In August, Kendi’s third book, How to Be an Antiracist, debuted at no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” It has been named to several Best Books of 2019 lists, including in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, and NPR.

Early Bird Tickets start at $5 and run through April 30, 2020. Limited number available.


This year’s theme, We the Future, expresses our aspirations for a nation where all communities have the opportunity to participate in the creation of healthy, thriving, and resilient lives. It builds on the belief that we have the wisdom, potential and power to actively shape our lives and neighborhoods, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. As the COVID-19 crisis focuses us on the need to rethink much about our society, we will explore the theme across three major areas: Power, Resilience, and Prosperity -- key components of a future where race is never a barrier to economic opportunity.