NLIHC Launches New “Summer of IDEAS’” Racial Equity Website and Event Series

NLIHC has launched a new website and free event series, “Summer of IDEAS.” The Summer of IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism, and Systems-thinking) educational event series aims to showcase and amplify stories about the social and economic issues facing marginalized communities in the U.S. The series pairs narrative and new media projects with discussions on topics such as housing disparities, race and poverty, environmental racism, and voter suppression led by prominent voices in these areas. Learn more here.

Part of an organization-wide project to advance racial equity and inclusion in policy analysis and advocacy, research, advocate-mobilization, internal operations, and external relationships, the Summer of IDEAS event series and website integrate narrative works and expert-led conversations with resources and mobilization tools for advocates.

The free event series will kick off on June 30 with a virtual screening of the film Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, followed by a panel discussion with Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Jeffery Robinson, executive director of The Who We Are Project (see related article in this Memo to Members and Partners). A virtual screening of the film A Reckoning in Boston and a discussion with co-producer Kafi Dixon will take place in July. And in August, the event series will host a virtual discussion about the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City with Andrea Elliott (the book’s author), Chanel Sykes (an advocate and mother featured in the book), and James Perry (president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League). The conversation will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou presidential chair at Wake Forest University.

Explore the new Summer of IDEAS website and view the event series schedule here.