Registration is now open for YWCA Madison’s 2022 Racial Justice Summit, which will be held Sept. 28-30 and titled “Weaving Our Pasts, Present and Emergent Futures for Racial Justice and Co-Liberation,” the non-profit organization announced on Monday.
The 21st annual Racial Justice Summit will build on the organization’s practice of centering Blackness as a path “to re-imagine ourselves, remember our interconnectedness, and build collective power,” YWCA Madison said in a press release. The organization will collaborate with local, regional, and national practitioners, educators, artists, authors, and advocates to curate a combination of virtual and in-person experiences.
“In the spirit of ancestral weaving practices, our hope is for the Summit to support communities in understanding how racial justice practice is a thread in movements for restorative justice, gender justice, immigration justice, disability justice, climate justice, organizational change for equity and more,” YWCA Madison said in a press relesase. “Those ties that bind us in co-liberation are strengthened by transgenerational presence and intersecting dimensions of practice. Wherever you are in your journey, this is an opportunity to engage with curiosity for more depth and breadth of your practice.”
The Summit will feature keynote speakers that include sisters Angela Davis and Fania Davis, Ericka Huggins, Linda Sarsour, Rudy Bankston, Jenifer Garcia-Mendoza from United We Dream, and closing with sisters adrienne maree brown and Autumn Brown.
“I am so excited for the experience that we are going to have at this year’s summit, that will bring healing to our souls. The breadth of history, knowledge, and practice that these individuals embody will no doubt create an experience of transformation.” said Vanessa McDowell, CEO of YWCA Madison.
During the first two days of the Summit, YWCA Madison will offer virtual community space for reflection and processing in race based communities, in community with others in similar areas of practice, and through embodied or creative processes.
The third day of this year’s Summit, Sept. 30, will be fully in-person and feature a selection of curated in-person offerings by local and regional racial justice practitioners at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center including an art exhibition, a pop-up market with BIPOC creators and justice initiatives. The day will end with a rooftop party.