The 2019 Pittsburgh Racial
Justice Summit has sold out!
This includes both the opening ceremony and the day of the summit. There is still space though at the organizing dance party taking place after the summit. If you were not able to purchase a ticket you can still see some of the summit! We will be broadcasting the panel discussions live on our
Facebook group page.
Opening ceremony featuring
Rev. angel Kyodo! (sold out)
We will have the pleasure of hosting the Rev. angel Kyodo williams as our keynote speaker. Once called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, and “one of our wisest voices on social evolution” by Krista Tippett, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change.
She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her new co-authored book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation, is a powerful wake-up journey that is igniting communities — activist, Buddhist and beyond — to have the conversations necessary to become more awake and aware of what hinders liberation of self and society.
Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, only the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. She is a social visionary that applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice to intractable social issues at the intersections where race, climate, and economic justice meet. She coined the name for the field of Transformative Social Change and sees it as America’s next great movement. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from the international Shambhala Community.
For over 20 years, she has been putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” Rev. angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.
Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love.
angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique. She was made for these times.
There will be ASL interpretation throughout this event thanks to a generous donation from Ascend indoor rock climbing gym.
This event is funded by generous grants from The Heinz Endowments, Opportunity Fund and ICH Intercultural House and in partnership with Union Project.