First Inland Empire summit on racism set for this month – Press-Enterprise

As part of its efforts to confront racism in the Inland Empire, the Center Against Racism & Trauma will host a summit to discuss ways to end discrimination and inequity in the region.

The first Antiracist Summit for the Inland Empire will feature keynote speaker Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to be an Antiracist.”

The virtual event, which is free, will be Wednesday, March 17, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. It will commemorate March 21 as the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The theme for this year’s event is “The Antiracist Movement.”

The summit is the culmination work by the Moreno Valley-based center, which formed in summer, Co-Director Corey Jackson said. The aftermath of civil unrest prompted by the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, was the tipping point to start the organization, Jackson said.

“Given the glaring equity and conversation on racism we saw last year, we felt the need to make sure the Inland Empire had its own antiracist institution to fight against discrimination in the region and provide a new generation of thinkers with resources.” Jackson said Friday, March 5.

The potential of a summit was one reason the center formed, Jackson added. Having such an event brings awareness to the organization’s mission and  helps promote its resources annually, he said.

After Kendi’s speech, an expert panel will discuss racial issues, such as discrimination against the Asian community and immigration.

“We want the summit to be a flagship event in the IE every year,” Jackson said. ” This is a chance to learn and listen and then be prepared to take action in the real world.”

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While supervisors in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as leaders of other local cities have declared racism to be a public health crisis, there is still work to be done in the region, said Jackson and center Co-Director Jernine McBride.

“Growing up in the Inland region and now raising two Black girls, we must build a more fair and … (just) society for the next generation,” McBride said in a news release.

The public can register at:



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