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April 13th , 2023
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | In Person

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Keynote Address

The 2023 Racial Equity Summit Keynote address will be delivered by:

Dr. Imani Perry

Imani Perry

Born just nine years after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Imani Perry was instilled from an early age with a strong instinct for justice and progressive change. The rich interplay between history, race, law, and culture continues to inform her work as a critically-acclaimed author and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Among many other awards and accolades, Dr. Perry is the winner of the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction, for her most recent book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation. Dr. Perry’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and Harper’s, among other publications. 

Read Dr. Perry's full biography here

More on Dr. Imani Perry's Work

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Freedom Schools

What are Freedom Schools? 

The Freedom School sessions offered during the Racial Equity Summit are based on the model of the Freedom Schools created during the Civil Rights-era. The Freedom Schools of the 1960s were first developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi, and were intended to serve as an answer to the “sharecropper education” received by many African American students and poor whites. Freedom School curriculum was progressive, and designed to empower attendees to act politically and civically on their own behalf. Learn more about the history of Freedom Schools here

Racial Equity Summit Freedom School sessions will be led by Seattle University faculty and staff, and include a range of topics. Attendees will be able to select up to two different sessions through the course of the event. Further information regarding the offered sessions will be shared in the coming weeks. 

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