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Race Forward: The Center For Racial Justice Innovation is pleased to announce that keynote speakers for this year’s Facing Race National Conference will be Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon. Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forwardand will be held in Dallas, Texas, November 13-15, 2014. This year’s location will allow Facing Race to focus on the unique aspects of organizing in the South and the work that has been done and is currently taking place. Early bird registration deadline is June 30.

A new monthly series on Colorlines that will explore how injustice shapes the lives of black men, from birth to death, using short films, investigative journalism, and infographics to illustrate issues at the heart of human experiences.

July 2, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, one of the most important markers of racial progress - and its lack - in the United States. What better time than the half century mark to call for stronger remedies to modern-day discrimination, whose mechanism are often hidden?

"Moving the Race Conversation Forward" is a report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation that aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country.

A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders. Facing Race will be held in Dallas, Texas on November 13-15, 2014. Register today!

We launched the Drop the I-Word campaign in September 2010 to eliminate use of the dehumanizing slur “illegal” to describe immigrants. By Spring 2013, the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other news outlets dropped the i-word, affecting millions of readers daily nationwide.

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice.

Race Forward

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation was formerly known as the Applied Research Center (ARC). The goal of our rebrand is to:

  • Lead with race in the same way that our organization does.
  • Highlight the centrality of addressing "Race" and the importance of paving the way "Forward" to racial justice.
  • Convey the urgency of moving forward using the word "Race."

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systematic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.



  • Cutting edge, original research on pressing racial justice issues.
  • Intersectional approach to how race compounds and intersects with other societal issues, which can be described as "race and..."
  • Strong social change practice.


  • Colorlines, a daily news site where race matters with award winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
  • Use of storytelling and multimedia to amplify key issues we cover.
  • Pushing key race stories into the mainstream media.


  • Facing Race, the largest conference for racial justice movement-making, focused on alliance-building, issue framing, and advancing solutions.
  • Speakers, training, consulting services.
  • Action-oriented campaigns, such as Drop the I-Word, which seeks to eliminate the derogatory term "illegal."