It was the international collaboration that made the difference. And the spirit of cooperation that keeps us moving forward. From the bottom of a grateful heart, I say THANK YOU to everyone who made our inaugural US UK Summit on RACE a complete success. The buzz continues bubbling over from our May 22nd virtual endeavor, and the new opportunities for growth and development are emerging with exciting speed and enthusiasm.
To date, more than 250 people from ten countries have participated or watched the US UK Summit on Race. New relationships have formed, and burning questions discussed and explored as a direct result of the Summit.
Words can only express my deep appreciation for every speaker who delivered a heartfelt and deeply reflective presentation on the issues.
Detective Larry Ellison - US
Leila McKenzie-Delis - UK
Professor Martin Levermore - UK
Former Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden - US
Rev. Dr. Karla Cooper - US
Diana Wong, Ph.D. - US
Her Excellency Dr. Justina Mutale - UK
Professor Geoff Thompson, MBE. FRSA, DL - UK
We didn’t just hear our fabulous speakers, then pack up and end the Summit. We dug deeper with our Breakout Sessions that were moderated by 11 amazing Facilitators who teased out perspectives rarely discussed between advocates in the US and the UK.
Sophia Khan - US
Jennifer Perkins - US
Cris Ajemian - US
Dr. Lorna Thomas Farquharson - US
Mesha Mott - US
Tracey Gore - UK
Valton Henderson - US
Francisco Carrasco - UK
Julayne Lee - US
Joseph Mukungu - UK
Carol Ann Whitehead - UK
I worked with three amazing professionals to launch the US UK Summit on Race. Our weekly meetings and endless emails have created a solid collaboration, discussing the issues, identifying relevant topics, and inviting experienced professionals to help create both the content and the resources in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
Denise Gray Felder, Greater New York.
President of the Communication for Social Change Consortium
Garth Dallas, Liverpool, England, Attorney, Diversity Professional, and Anti-Racism expert on racial issues in the United Kingdom
William (Bill) Wells, Jr., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Past Chair, National Black MBA Association, Diversity Professional. Bill is actively involved with Minneapolis civic and business leaders responding to George Floyd’s death.
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Volunteers make our events run smoothly. Special THANKS to Michelle Thomas-Monteiro and Denise Willis Turner for all of the “backstage” behind the scenes support they gave to us on May 22nd, as they have given in so many previous events I have produced.
The Summit recordings will post later in June.
The next TWO Summits are scheduled for:
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - Small Group Discussions with a special spotlight on youth perspectives on Race
Saturday , October 2, 2021 - Another full US UK Summit on Race with a salute to Black History Month in the United Kingdom.
The best is yet to come. Thanks to everyone who made our inaugural event a roaring success. We have only just begun!
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