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Virtual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race Coming Oct. 28 Featuring Ijeoma Oluo

By YWCA Minneapolis
September 30, 2021
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(Minneapolis, Minnesota) – YWCA Minneapolis will hold the 19th annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race Oct. 28, 2021, featuring writer, speaker and internet yeller Ijeoma Oluo.

Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” and most recently, “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.” She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. See more of Ijeoma’s work here.

At this YWCA Minneapolis signature event, attendees hear a keynote address to consider facets of racism, equity and inclusion, and engage in intentional, facilitated dialogues with others. Attendees leave the event ready to advance equity and inclusion at work, in the community and with family and friends. Hundreds of diverse leaders in business, education, arts and community service attend each year.

“People come to this event with open hearts and minds to engage in dialogue across our differences. This event helps us examine our biases, learn new perspectives and practice having difficult conversations – all of which are desperately needed if we are to work toward systemic change together. We hope people will join us this year as a way to re-energize their commitments to racial justice and equity work,” says Shelley Carthen Watson, YWCA Minneapolis president and CEO.

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. This event is one of YWCA Minneapolis’ leading initiatives designed to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism in our community.

About YWCA Minneapolis

YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women and girls. For 130 years, we have worked to create opportunities to overcome social injustice, particularly in matters of gender and race. Last year, YWCA Minneapolis served more than 30,000 people in our community through high-quality programs and advocacy focused on racial justice, early learning, youth development and wellness. To learn more, visit


Cori Mattli