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Summit on Racism offered virtually
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Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle educator and leading voice on issues of educational equity

The annual Summit on Racism, to be held virtually Nov. 12-14, is especially timely this year as the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts people of color, the economy struggles and there’s growing acknowledgment of racism in America.

#Beyond 400: The Virtual Summit on Racism will feature speakers, online conversations and video shorts designed to bring the local community together for an open dialogue regarding race and eradicating racism. The summit is hosted by the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE).

Among the speakers is keynoter Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle educator and leading voice on issues of educational equity, the school-to-prison-pipeline, standardized testing, the Black Lives Matter at School movement, and social justice unionism. He will speak from 6–8 p.m. Nov. 12.

Several simultaneous sessions will run from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Nov. 13, on topics such as racial disparities in health, responsible law enforcement and implicit bias. At 10 a.m. Nov. 14, a multi-media presentation on 400 years of African-American history will be presented by local historian Michelle Johnson.

The virtual summit will be accessed through Zoom. The cost to register is $30, or $20 for students. There are also discounts for groups and teachers. To register or for more information, visit sharekazoo.org.