RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

Filling the spaces between races with compassion, conversation, and education


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Presented By: RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

POSTPONED Due to COVID – National Virtual Tour – New York, New York

May 19, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cost: Free


Gena Pemberton, Chief DEI Officer, Omnicom HEALTH

Sonya Hooks, NYC Department of Education

Yadira De La Riva, Artivist, Poet 


Date: May 19, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm



In 2020, the world was hit with a pandemic that triggered social, economic, and political unrest throughout the world. The global pandemic forced everyone to reconsider how we interface and communicate, especially when sharing personal space was no longer an option. Like most of the world, RACE TALKS pivoted to a virtual platform. For the past 11 years, we challenged Portlanders to consider how to make the world a better place by getting to know your neighbors and becoming more aware of individual privilege, all while exploring how race and racism play a role in our daily lives and interactions.

As we enter 2022, social unrest still smolders as systems of white supremacy are slowly torn apart, especially within the criminal justice and educational environments. On this virtual tour, RACE TALKS will visit cities across the United States; and highlight practitioners in the fields of academia, business, government, and law.

We will seek to understand how these cities are working to address matters of race and racism in their respective communities. Join RACE TALKS on Thursday, May 19, 2022, as we hope to answer the question: How are issues of race and racism being addressed in New York, New York?

*This event will take place in Eastern Standard Time* 


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