Announcing Facing Race Keynote Speakers: Roxane Gay and Jose Antonio Vargas

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Early Bird Registrations and Group Discounts Available for a Limited Time

March 17, 2016 (New York, NY) --- Race Forward: The Center For Racial Justice Innovation is pleased to announce its keynote speakers for this year’s Facing Race will be Roxane Gay and Jose Antonio Vargas. Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward and will be held in Atlanta, GA November 10-12, 2016. Early bird registrations and group discounts are available for a limited time. For more information or to register for Facing Race, visit

This is the first Facing Race conference to feature two keynote presentations, an exciting opportunity to highlight even more of the culture and politics of the racial justice movement. Roxane Gay -- writer, professor, editor, commentator, and author of “Bad Feminist” -- will serve as keynote speaker on Friday, November 11th. Jose Antonio Vargas -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder of Define American -- will serve as keynote speaker on Saturday, November 12th.

Held two days after the national presidential election, Facing Race will present one of the first post-election opportunities to strategize and organize around issues key to communities of color. Early bird registrations are available on a first come, first served basis and provide a 15% discount off conference admission with code EarlybirdFR16; the discount is automatically applied by clicking here to register, or through the Facing Race site. A limited number of group discounts are available for groups of 5 or more that may offer deeper discounts than registering individually with Early Bird. Please contact [email protected] for pricing.

Since Facing Race was created in 2004, Race Forward has located the national conference in cities around the country, working together with local racial justice leaders to lift up regional history and current challenges faced by communities of color. Presenting Facing Race 2016 in Atlanta, a historic epicenter for racial justice work regionally and nationally, will highlight the powerful legacy of organizing and justice-oriented work of Atlanta and the South, which has activated change on a national level for decades. The Facing Race conference will offer unprecedented access to information and resources on racial equity, exchanging best practices, innovative models and successful policy and organizing initiatives.

For more information or to register for Facing Race, visit, or follow on Facebook and Twitter with #FacingRace16. For press passes to the conference, please contact [email protected].

ABOUT: Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.