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YWCA Minneapolis Presents Forum on Critical Race Theory

By YWCA Minneapolis
November 12, 2021
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(Minneapolis, Minnesota) – YWCA Minneapolis is hosting a free virtual event, The Importance of Understanding Critical Race Theory, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 4:30 – 6:00 pm. In the past year, mentions about critical race theory have skyrocketed in the news and across social media with people scrutinizing the term and its perceived effect on our education system. As a result, critical race theory, a term that was new to the majority of people, started to elicit strong emotional responses from some. Yet, if you ask the average person (including those who are expressing strong opposition to it) what critical race theory is, chances are, they do not know exactly.

YWCA Minneapolis’ forum will attempt to add some clarity to the conversation with a stellar panel of leaders who will help ground us in what’s happening with critical race theory locally and nationally, and how we can take action. Panelists include Cedrick Frazier, Minnesota State Representative; Tanishia Williams, researcher on critical race theory and education disparities at the African American Policy Forum; Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Duchess Harris, professor of American Studies at Macalester College.

“It is vital that we know our history, present accurate narratives, and inform our youngest generation about the discrimination and injustices of the past so that we can learn from them and create a brighter future,” says Shelley Carthen Watson, YWCA Minneapolis president and CEO.

“A lot of the conversation around critical race theory has been twisted with misinformation. We are fortunate to bring together a panel of experts who can help explain the meaning and purpose of critical race theory and why it’s become such a controversial topic,” says Angela Myles, YWCA Minneapolis vice president of racial justice.

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


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