A Message from Glenn Singleton
How might we become “a reflection of our better selves” in this modern time of unprecedented racial hatred and divisiveness. According to iconic civil rights leader and former National Urban League Executive Director, Whitney M. Young, Jr. -
“The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.”
This truth encapsulates the guiding vision of the 2016 National Summit for Courageous Conversation, reflecting on and striving toward our better self.
In Courageous Conversation, the first person with whom we each need to have honest dialogue about race is ourselves. Often I meet people who wish to "fix other people's racism" without honestly looking at their own journey or without examining their own tightly held racial biases.
This is why having courageous conversations about race is not about rectifying an external or structural problem only. It is equally about developing a deeper understanding of and expanded literacy about race through examining our own lived experiences.
This September, educators and leaders for racial equity will convene in Austin, TX to share research, perspectives and practices, as well as to celebrate our most successful strategies being executed in communities across the nation and around the world.
Only at the National Summit for Courageous Conversation do courageous leaders willingly assemble to practice tearing down the walls of internalized, interpersonal and institutional racism and purposefully reconstruct an anti-racist learning community that is intellectually challenging, emotionally nourishing and spiritually awakening.
It's time that we address our centuries-old paralysis and collectively, as one people of this world, passionately engage in courageous conversations about race, about our shared humanity, about our shared future, and about the persistent pursuit of our better selves.