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National YMCA Town Hall: “Unlearning Systemic Racism”
February 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2021—The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is participating in a national virtual town hall, “Unlearning Systemic Racism,” hosted by the African American YMCA CEOs on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. EST. The event is free and is open to the public.
The lineup of powerhouse speakers includes keynote Dr. Yusef Salaam, a social justice advocate and educator whose work is informed by his experience as one of the five teens wrongfully convicted in the “Central Park Five” case. Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is also a keynote. He is the author and chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies and has been a regular commentator on many news programs.
Panel participants include Dr. Benjamin Danielson, clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington; Dr. Robin Martin, deputy director of strategy, planning and management for the Postsecondary Success Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Joseph Ochipinti, CEO, UnitedHealthcare—Mid Atlantic Region; and Dr. Nailah Thompson, primary care physician and director of internal medicine residency health equity and disparities track at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.
Featured speakers include Alicia Kamil Moaton, abolitionist, activist, writer and actor; Carlos Madjri Sanvee, secretary general, World YMCA; and Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA.
“We are hoping as many as possible will register and tune into this important Town Hall,” said Angie L. Reese-Hawkins, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “The speaker lineup for this event brings extensive knowledge and talent that should provide an insightful discussion.” It’s important to note that Reese-Hawkins is the first African American president and CEO for the D.C. region’s YMCAs.