Virtual Summit on Racial Equity Expands to Two Days of Programming May 5-6

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 415-846-7758 (cell)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestselling books Caste and The Warmth of Other Suns, will headline Greenlining’s 2021 Economic Summit, Momentum: A Virtual Summit on Racial Equity, The Greenlining Institute announced today.

Caste dramatically reconsiders how America has dealt with race, looking at American society through the lens of longstanding caste systems such as that of India. America’s modern caste protocols, Wilkerson writes, “are like the wind, powerful enough to knock you down but invisible as they go about their work.” The Warmth of Other Suns, the epic story of the Great Migration, won the National Book Critics award and was named to Time magazine’s list of 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade.

“As we emerge from the crises of 2020, many of us feel a sense of renewed hope and optimism, but also a realization of the great challenges we face,” said Greenlining Institute President and CEO Debra Gore-Mann. “We’re delighted to have one of this nation’s most eloquent and provocative writers on racial equity join us for our most ambitious virtual Summit ever.”

This year, Greenlining’s Economic Summit – one of the nation’s largest racial equity conferences – expands to two days of online programming May 5 and 6, featuring a variety of discussions, panels, speakers, music and more. Discounted early-bird tickets are available through March 22. Members of the media wishing to attend should email Bruce Mirken at

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(Photo of Isabel Wilkerson by Joe Henson)


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