4th Annual MLK Symposium

Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere

January 20, 2020 - Episcopal High School - Alexandria, VA


 Keynote Speaker

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Antiracist.His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers' and audiences' eyes to the reality of racism in America today. Kendi's lectures are sharp, informative, and hopeful, serving as a strong platform for any institution's discussions on racial discrimination.

When Dr. Ibram X. Kendi won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016 for a book about the history of racist ideas in America, some people felt a disconnect. Emerging from eight years of leadership under an African-American president, a narrative was building in America about the emergence of a post-racial society, colorblind to race and valuing merit over skin color. Kendi challenges this notion in his New York Times-bestselling book Stamped from the Beginning, taking an expansive view on race and racist ideas that spans from 15th century Europe until modern day America. Kendi’s insight on racist structures are the focus of his latest book, How to Be an Antiracist, which empowers readers and audiences to not only recognize the pervasive influence of racism and racist ideas, but to actively participate in dismantling it.



Ibram X. Kendi is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is a frequent public speaker who speaks with great expertise and compassion about the findings of his book and how they can fit into the national conversation on racial and social justice.

Kendi will be offering a debrief of his keynote presentation and a workshop on antiracist actions and decisions we can make to improve the state of all communities and schools.

Antiracist Workshop:

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

Author & Guggenheim Fellow

Shannon Foley Martinez, a former violent white supremacist, has two decades of experience in developing community resource platforms aimed at inoculating individuals against violence-based lifestyles and ideologies. She has worked in at-risk communities teaching and developing dynamic resiliency skills. She has worked for school systems, nonprofits, and community organizations. She feels passionately about building empowered families and communities. She believes that we all have the power to enact profound and fundamental change in our lives.

De-Radicalize Extremists:

Shannon Foley Martinez

Shannon Foley Martinez

Reformed Extremist

Shoulder to Shoulder is excited to offer ‘Faith Over Fear’ Trainings around the United States to equip faith leaders to effectively counter anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia. Each training is specifically designed for individuals committed to countering anti-Muslim discrimination in their communities. We share up-to-date research, resources, tools, and messaging to help people be stronger, strategic, and effective actors in shaping our nation toward a greater vision - where all people, no matter their religious or cultural background, are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

Shoulder to Shoulder

Faith Over Fear

Shoulder to Shoulder

Faith Over Fear Workshop



More Workshops Announced Soon



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