TGKVF will host the 2020 Summit on Race Matters in West Virginia

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) will host the 2020 Summit on Race Matters in West Virginia

August 6, 2020 @ 4-6:30pm through Zoom

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Close to 1,000 are registered

Keynote Speaker will be Ibram X. Kendi, Professor and New York Times Bestselling Author

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Charleston, WV- On Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4pm, TGKVF will present their 2020 Summit on Race Matters in West Virginia via Zoom. 

Professor Ibram X. Kendi is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. His third and current book is entitled “How to be an Antiracist.” Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is also a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. 

Facilitators for this event are Tom Heywood, Managing Partner Bowles Rice; and Meshea L. Poore, Vice President for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at WVU. Panelists include Katherine “Kitty” Dooley, attorney and activist; Jeff James, author; and Shaun King, journalist and activist.

The 2020 Summit on Race Matters in West Virginia will be a monthly gathering of citizens from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to discuss race in a comprehensive, collaborative, and compassionate manner, designed to build the Beloved Community in West Virginia. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized the notion of the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is the largest community foundation in Central Appalachia and the only one led by a Black woman. 

Partners for the Summit on Race Matters include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, City of Charleston, United Methodist Foundation of WV, Inc., and Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia.  The Foundation is grateful for these sponsors and others including Appalachian Power, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Dickinson Family, Charles and Mary Fayne Glotfelty Foundation, Kanawha County Commission, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, Unicare Health Plan of West Virginia, Volunteer West Virginia, and West Virginia American Water. 

4:00pm      Welcome Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO, TGKVF

4:25pm      Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter Professor Ibram X. Kendi

5:30pm      Panel Kitty Dooley, Jeff James, and Shaun King

6:26pm.     Call to Action Dr. Michelle Foster

Future dates and topics are as follows: 

September 10, 2020 Criminal Justice with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and 1619 podcast host, Nikole Hannah-Jones

October 1, 2020 Health & Civic Engagement, speakers to be announced

November 5, 2020 Education & Employment, speakers to be announced

December 1, 2020 Housing & Wealth, speakers to be announced

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