Racial Justice Breakfast

March 28, 2018 - 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Cincinnati Music Hall

The Annual Racial Justice Breakfast was established in 2001 to promote the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and create a safe space where participants can confront racism. Attendees experience a meaningful dialogue about racism’s personal and community-wide effects and hear from keynote speakers who have had a national impact on landmark civil rights cases.

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 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fania Davis

Fania Davis is a social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney and restorative justice practitioner. As Co-Founder and Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), she engages families, communities and systems to stop cycles of youth violence and incarceration. 

Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Dr. Davis a passionate commitment to social transformation. She has been active in the civil rights, Black liberation, women's, prisoners', peace, socialist, anti-imperialist, anti-racial violence and antiapartheid movements. And her commitment to promoting equity has remained strong for decades - from her role leading the international campaign to secure the release of her sister, Angela Davis, from prison in the 1970’s to her current focus on a truth and reconciliation process focused on the historic racial trauma that continues to haunt the United States.

Numerous honors include the Ubuntu Service to Humanity award, the Maloney award recognizing exceptional contributions in youth-based restorative justice, World Trust's Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) Award, the Bioneer's Changemaker Award, and the LaFarge Social Justice Award. She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. The Los Angeles Times named Dr. Davis a "New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century." 


 2018 Racial Justice Awards

We are proud to honor Shakila Ahmad and Dr. Clarence G. Newsome



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Greater Cincinnati Foundation 

Union Institute & University

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Supporter Sponsors

 KnowledgeWorks Foundation

John & Francie Pepper

UC Health 

University of Cincinnati 

Special Thanks

Cincinnati Bar Association

Western & Southern Financial Group 


 Contact yjohnson-hegge@ywcacin.org for information or call 513-361-2119.


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