Spotlight: Speakers In the News

SpeakOut at NCORE 2018

For the 17th year, SpeakOut will participate in NCORE, the leading and most comprehensive national forum on race and ethnicity in U.S. higher education. Held annually, NCORE brings together some 3000 campus faculty, administrators, staff, and students as well as representatives of state and national institutes, associations, agencies and non-profit organizations.

NCORE 2018 will witness the highest SpeakOut presence ever, with two dozen of our speakers participating, including two keynotes - Michael Benitez Jr. and Joy DeGruy. There will also be  movie screenings with SpeakOut filmmakers - “Dolores” with Peter Bratt, “The Long Shadow” with Frances Causey, More Than a Word with John Little, and Healing Justice with Shakti Butler. The podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise, will be taping daily before a live audience. Here's the list of all of our speakers who will be NCORE 2018:

Be sure to stop by the SpeakOut booth (#400) in the exhibit hall to meet our staff as well as pick up books and DVDs on a range of topics. SpeakOut will also be hosting all conference booksignings and there will be afternoon Meet and Greets daily with our speakers. See you in New Orleans!

New Film from Qasim Basir Premiered at Sundance 2018

A new indie romance drama , written and directed by Qasim BasirA Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night stars Omari Hardwick (Power) and Meagan Good (in Hulu’s upcoming Foxy Brown). The story follows a Los Angeles club promoter named Cass (Hardwick), who on the night of the 2016 Presidential Election meets a woman named Free (Good) who challenges him to revisit his broken dreams. This happens during a series of unfortunate events during election night as Trump is surging ahead of Hilary Clinton. The film just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018.

Basir’s most recent film, Destined, is now streaming. It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year and went on to win nine awards, including both the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the American Black Film Festival. Destined tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed, played by the same actor (Cory Hardrict) as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how the smallest incident can manifest itself into a life changing event.

Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm Successfully Purchases 40-Acres
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed Indigenous author, orator and activist working on sustainable development and environmental justice issues. When she’s not speaking at campuses and communities around the country, she’s farming on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota where she lives. Now she is fulfilling a lifelong dream and purchasing land to establish Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm which will generate local wealth in the community by establishing a training institute for Indigenous foods and hemp farming and working with Native youth to create the next generation of Anishinaabe farmers. Learn more at her kickstarter campaign here.



Jim Crow Museum's David Pilgrim to Release New Book, "Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors"

David Pilgrim, PhD, is the founder and Director of the Jim Crow Museum, the nation’s largest, publicly accessible collection of racist objects. His forthcoming book, Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors, examines the origins and significance of several longstanding anti-black stories and the caricatures and stereotypes that support them, using images from the Jim Crow Museum. Dr. Pilgrim explains: “All of these stories matter. They matter to the white supremacists with Tiki torches and their counter protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia. They matter to the police officers who shoot unarmed black teenagers and the people who protest the injustices of the criminal justice system. These anti-Black stories matter to all Americans, either as justifications for racism or as a call to fight racism." You can support publication of this book by supporting this Kickstarter campaign, and pre-ordering the book HERE.


New Film - The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump & the Politics of Race & Class in America
The Great White Hoax, featuring acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores how political leaders of both U.S. parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support.

The film’s primary focus is Donald Trump’s race-baiting 2016 campaign for the presidency. But it also widens its scope to show how Trump’s charged rhetoric about African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims fits within a longstanding historical pattern, offering a stunning survey of how racism and racial scapegoating have shaped American politics for centuries. More info/trailer/to purchase