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Racial Justice MasterClass

The Racial Justice MasterClass is a unique program for corporations and other organizations interested in advancing their work in diversity, equity and inclusion and moving toward racial justice.

The MasterClass is designed to be a continuation in the historical recovery journey and opportunity to join with others in the community to network and advance racial equity. The masterclass will include three educational and inspiring events that will propel you to think differently and make a greater impact in our community.

MasterClass Sessions

Take action with your organization and join the 2023 RJI MasterClass. The MasterClass includes three thought-provoking encounters. An introductory discussion on race in the United States after the pandemic is also available, free of charge.

MasterClass sessions include a 45-minute educational presentation by Dr. Williams and a 30-minute interactive session for an intimate discussion with colleagues and peers. Optional supplementary materials will be suggested.

Sponsors will have the special opportunity to have a personalized, in-person or virtual, 15-minute follow-up with Dr. Williams specifically tailored to their team or organization.

Introduction: Race in America After the Pandemic

Online discussion with Dr. Yohuru Williams | January 24, 2023

A recording of this free webinar is available upon request. Please contact Sara Cotter at sara.cotter@stthomas.edu to request the recording.

Session 1: Blues for an Alabama Sky Performance

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis | February 21, 2023

Includes a pre-performance panel discussion with Dr. Yohuru Williams.

Session 2: Juneteenth: Nothing But Freedom—Legacy of Emancipation

In December 1865, Confederate General Robert V. Richardson confided in a letter to a French banker, “The property personal and real, as a general thing belong, in these States, to the whites. The emancipated slaves own nothing because nothing but freedom has been given to them.” In this Juneteenth lecture, Dr. Williams will explore the afterlife of emancipation and how the freed people, despite receiving “nothing but freedom,” helped shape a new future for themselves and the nation.

  • Live Virtual Learning Lesson | June 14, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
  • On-Demand Learning Session | Available June 16 - June 30
  • “After class” Social with Dr. Williams | June 21, 5 - 6 p.m. | Downtown Minneapolis
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Session 3: More Than A Dream: Sixty Years After the March on Washington

Sixty years after the march on Washington, Dr. Williams explores the legacy of the march beyond Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech with his new book, More Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

  • Live Virtual Learning Session | September 13, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
  • On-Demand Learning Session | Available September 15 – September 29
  • “After class” Social with Dr. Williams | September 20, 5 - 6 p.m. | Downtown Minneapolis

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How To Participate

  • Corporate Partners

    • $10,000 = Up to 120 employee participants per session
    • $20,000 = Up to 250 employee participants per session
  • Individual Participants

    $100 per MasterClass session

Please contact us about additional sponsorship and customized engagement opportunities: