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20th Annual It's Time to Talk 2022

20th Annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, 12:15 – 1:45 pm
$50 – $100
Featuring Angela Davis

Join us for our 20th Annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race which provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in the difficult yet crucial conversations on race and racism. Eliminating injustice requires dismantling all systems and structures of oppression. Participate in a guided exploration of the interlocking aspects of systems and inequities in our workplaces, communities and society to understand what “justice for all” truly means. Equipped with new information, energized by the communal learning space, participants will discuss taking action within their spheres of influence.

Keynote: Angela Davis

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice. Davis is a distinguished professor emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program – and of Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the world. Like many educators, Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

Moderator: Duchess Harris, Ph.D., J.D.

Duchess Harris, Ph.D., is a professor of American Studies at Macalester College, author of “Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump” and co-editor with Bruce D. Baum of “Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity.” Professor Harris began teaching at Macalester College in 1994. In 2009, she won a fellowship from the Bush Leadership Program, and in 2010 she became the first editor-in-chief of Law Raza Journal, an interactive online race and law journal. She earned a Juris Doctorate in 2011 and was promoted to full professor at Macalester in 2013.

Research shows the foundation for sustained change is engaging in dialogue.

It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race attendees will build their foundation through:

  • Hearing a powerful keynote speaker
  • Connecting with other professionals doing racial justice work
  • Continuing the conversation in your home, workplace and community

Join us to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism.

Event Details

This year’s virtual event will take place on Event Cadence, an all-in-one event platform where participants can connect with one another, watch the keynote address and access helpful resources.

Participate in a one-hour facilitated dialogue, Tuesday, Oct. 18:

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm

In late September, registrants will receive an invitation to join the event from Event Cadence. We encourage participants to log in right away and set up a profile. Reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Cadence support staff will be available during the event to assist with any technical issues. Questions? Contact

About the Event

It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race fosters a space for racial justice engagement that is open to all people, no matter where they are in their racial justice journey. Participants connect with a network of people committed to racial justice and attendees leave the event ready to advance inclusion at work, in the community and with family and friends.

Over 1,000 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation about race.

  • Educates about facets of racism, equity and inclusion
  • Engages in dialogue, discussion and self-reflection
  • Empowers communities to lead sustainable change

The strength of our future depends on our ability to develop new skills around inclusion and equity, understand the realities of racism today and commit ourselves to action.


Proceeds raised from It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race support YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice programs, which empower communities and workplaces to stand against racism, embrace new perspectives and promote justice for all people.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsorship connects your organization to this powerful racial justice program. Sponsors of the event will receive opportunities for customized consulting services by YWCA Minneapolis Inc.lude™ Equity and Inclusion Consulting.

For more information on 2022 sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Scholarships Available

Full and partial scholarships are available for this event. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis for a limited number of scholarships. Please direct any questions to

About YWCA’s Racial Justice and Public Policy Work

YWCA Minneapolis is a national leader in the field of racial equity, facilitating change and generating meaningful action in the workplace and the community.

YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice and Public Policy Department works within the community to eliminate inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels through a continuum of moving from knowledge, awareness and skills to action. We do this through assessment, inclusion planning and facilitated dialogues in the workplace.

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