NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2015 — Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation is pleased to announce the opening of registration and call for proposals for its 2016 Facing Race: A National Conference. Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, and creatives in the country.

In 2016, the conference will come to Atlanta, GA on November 10-12––just one week after the presidential election, giving attendees one of the first post-election opportunities to strategize and organize around issues key to our communities.

Facing Race is a multidisciplinary conference that coordinates closely with local community where the conference is held, while engaging individuals and organizations across the country, to offer resources on racial equity, best practices, and innovative models for successful policy and organizing initiatives. Facing Race takes place once every two years in cities around the country.

“This gathering provides a critical space for racial justice movement making, with people from all walks of life,” said Race Forward Executive Director and Publisher of Colorlines, Rinku Sen. “The last Facing Race, in 2014, was Race Forward’s largest ever, with over 1600 attendees, from 7 different countries. Our 2016 conference is expected to be even bigger, given the critical role that race is rightfully playing in our national discourse.”

In addition to inspiring keynote speakers, film screenings, and networking opportunities, Facing Race will present over 50 panels and breakout sessions on a wide array of key issues through the lens of organizing & advocacy, research & policy, and arts & media. The deadline to submit a proposal to lead one of these community driven sessions is January 21, 2016. Videos of past Facing Race keynote and plenary presentations can be found here.


Ticket prices are at the same as 2014 levels to ensure that as many people as possible can attend. Early bird registration discounts of 15% will be offered thru February 1, 2016. The earlybird discount code and information on group discounts can be found at

Facing Race is possible because of generous support from sponsors, who are acknowledged throughout the conference, and receive complimentary tickets and advertising opportunities. For more information, contact There will also be opportunities for vendors as well.

Press are encouraged to attend, with variety of resources offered, including interviews with keynote and plenary speakers. To apply for a press pass, or for any other media inquiries, please contact

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.

For more information or to register for Facing Race, visit