December 2022 | Baltimore, MD

Investing in Race and Power 2022

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Gamaliel is hosting its 4th biennial Race and Power In America Summit from November 30 through December 3, 2022, at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, Maryland. These gatherings have become a space for testing new race and power curriculum and resources and shaping the framework for our racial equity work for the next two year period. Our gatherings have also become an important place for building new partnerships and deepening established ones.

Our theme this year is, “Race and Power: The Fight for the Future of Democracy.” Plenary sessions will address what is at stake and our vision for the future of democracy, as well as strategies for living into that vision; and breakouts will train and prepare leaders for securing the win.

This year’s gathering is particularly important, as we will be celebrating the culmination of Gamaliel’s 35th year of organizing—Gamaliel@35–and launching the Gamaliel Race and Power Institute. The Gamaliel Race and Power Institute will develop and house racial equity training curricula and resources; engage in race research, analysis, and action; and oversee the Race and Power in America Summit planning and implementation. The Institute will formalize our enduring place in the public arena as a leader in racial equity work, while fulfilling our commitment to live into our transformational narrative and our long-term agenda of being an anti-racist organization that fights for racial equity on every level and across every racial and ethnic identity.

There are many ways to invest in the Race and Power in America Summit: registering and attending the event; sponsoring the event; becoming a member of the Race and Power Institute Founders’ Club; purchasing an ad in the 2022 Race and Power Summit program booklet; renting display space to share more about your work with Summit-goers; or purchasing tickets to the Reception Celebration for Gamaliel @35/Race and Power Institute Launch on Friday, December 2. Below are descriptions of those opportunities.

Display Area

Gamaliel will host a display area outside the plenary auditorium at the Maritime Conference Center. Vendors, sponsors, and Gamaliel states/affiliates may rent display space for the duration of the Race and Power Summit. The rental includes a 6-foot table, table cloth, and two (2) chairs. (Displays do not need to be dismantled at the close of each day and stored.)

Cost for display space: $200.00

+Notes re: Founders’ Club Levels
• Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Jewish theologian and philosopher with a social consciousness that led him to participate in the civil rights movement. Considered “one of the truly great men” of his day and a “great prophet” by Martin Luther King, Jr., Heschel articulated to many Jewish Americans and African Americans the notion that they had a responsibility for each other’s liberation and for the plight of all suffering fellow humans around the world (“Conversation with Martin Luther King,” 2). From King Encyclopedia, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Education and Research Institute, Stanford University.
• Dolores Huerta is the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association (later the United Farm Workers) and one of the most influential labor and civil rights activists of the last century. She has continued to fight for the rights of workers and women, especially immigrants, and was a guest speaker during the Gamaliel Civil Rights’ for Immigrants Congressional Town Hall in 2021.
• Rep. Elijah Cummings was a Congressman from Maryland’s 7th congressional district from 1996 to his death in 2019 and a civil rights advocate. Rep. Cummings was a “friend” to Gamaliel affiliate, BRIDGE Maryland, Inc., and worked with Gamaliel to secure more equitable federal surface transportation legislation. Rep. Cummings was the first African-American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.
• Claudette Colvin was 15 years old when she challenged the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white person, just 9 months before Rosa Parks was arrested for the same action. The NAACP decided not to use her case as a test case because, according to Colvin, Parks was more reliable as an adult and had the right “middle class” look. It was not until 2021 at the age of 82 that Colvin’s juvenile record for refusing to give up her seat was finally expunged.