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It’s Time to LEARN about It’s Time to TALK!

By YWCA Minneapolis
September 1, 2023
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This year’s It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™ event will be one for the books — we are expanding to a half-day summit featuring keynote presenter Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and breakout sessions with local activist presenters Dr. Joi Lewis and Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre. Are you curious to know more about them or what to expect to delve into on September 27? Below you’ll find ways to learn more and support their work in preparation for It’s Time to Talk and beyond.   

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill  

From his website:

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.

He hosts BET News, The Grio, Al Jazeera UpFront, and the Coffee & Books podcast. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hill is a presidential professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, teaching courses in Anthropology, Urban Education and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to that, he held positions at Morehouse College, Temple University and Columbia University.

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He has worked on campaigns to end the death penalty, abolish prisons, and release numerous political prisoners. Dr. Hill has also worked in solidarity with human rights movements worldwide. He is the founder and director of The People’s Education Center in Philadelphia and the owner of Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

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Anything is Possible: toward an Abolitionist Vision | ROAR Magazine 

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Dr. Joi Lewis

From her website:

Facilitator of Liberation (social justice and healing justice) + Radical Self Care Strategist  = Joy Instigator 

“Dr. Joi” Lewis is CEO and Founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and the Orange Method of Radical Self-Care (Healing Justice) and Radical Hospitality (Social Justice). 

She is the author of the wildly successful book, “Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care.” Her work is deeply informed by growing up in East St. Louis, Illinois, and is grounded in healing justice.

She is a “bodyworker” for the collective body (systems) and individual bodies (self). Dr. Joi (as many fondly call her) holds space for discovering critical pressure points for liberation and healing from trauma through radical self-care.  

Dr. Joi is a highly sought-after mediator, coach, community healer, social entrepreneur and facilitator of liberation locally, nationally and globally. After a 20+ year career in higher education, she now describes herself as the “Artist-Activist formerly known as Dean Lewis.” Dr. Joi is on a mission to “put healing in the hands of everyone, everywhere.” 

She is an unapologetic joy instigator, a healer for healers, a certified Kemetic and hot vinyasa yoga teacher, and a facilitator of meditation and mindfulness.

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Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care – Itasca Books 

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Dr. Joi’s Website

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre 

Kyle”Guante” Tran Myhre is a Minneapolis poet, educator and activist. His work explores the relationships between narrative, power and resistance. Kyle’s performed worldwide, from the United Nations to music festivals like Eaux Claires and Soundset to countless colleges, universities and conferences. As a member of two National Poetry Slam championship teams, Kyle also completed his Master’s studies at the University of Minnesota with a focus on spoken word, critical pedagogy and social justice education; in that spirit, his programs use poems as doorways into dialogue, critical thinking and community-building. 

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Not A Lot of Reasons To Sing, But Enough

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Join us!

Everyone deserves the opportunity to be a part of advancing justice in our community, and anti-racism conversations are more important than ever.

We are excited to host keynote speaker Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and breakout sessions with Dr. Joi Lewis and Kyle “Guante” Myhre where participants can connect with one another, attend the keynote address and attend two breakout sessions. Register below!