john a. powell on Building Belonging in a Time of Othering

“We can’t breathe.”  In many ways, this expression captures the conditions of our time -- whether it be the final words of those dying at the hands of police brutality, at the mercy of a viral pandemic, or for life itself on the planet.  We know that the effects of these crises are not borne out equally.  How will we choose to meet this moment? How might we seize this as an opportunity for true transformation?  As a keynote speaker at the YWCA annual racial justice summit, Professor john a. powell invites participants to engage in a long-overdue conversation about building a future that prioritizes belonging over exclusion, abundance over scarcity, and healing over retribution.  We can--indeed, we must--start today.