Racial Equity Summit 2023

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Thank you for Freedom Dreaming with us on April 13th, 2023 at the Racial Equity Summit!

Recordings of the event will be posted shortly. 

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Keynote Address

The 2023 Racial Equity Summit Keynote address was 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

The 2023 Racial Equity Summit featured a variety of Freedom School sessions, facilitated by Seattle U faculty and staff. Summit attendees were able to select up to two different sessions to attend. View this guidebook to see the Freedom School sessions that were offered. 

What are Freedom Schools? 

The Freedom School sessions that were offered during the 2023 Racial Equity Summit were 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

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