The National Center for Race Amity is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for Presenters at the virtual 2021 National Race Amity Centenary Conference, for May 21st and 22nd. This celebrates the historic first National Race Amity Convention of 1921. This year’s conference theme is, “Actualizing E Pluribus Unum Through ‘Race Amity and The Other Tradition’.

The National Race Amity Conference offers participants positive focused opportunities for discussion circles, interactive panels, and informative sessions on a variety of topics. We’re excited that Dr Johnetta Cole, CEO and president for the National Council of Negro Women and Howard Ross, best selling author and thought leader, will keynote the opening session. Details for proposal submissions can be found on our website www.raceamity.org  As the deadline for submissions will be April 5th, interested parties should submit proposals as soon as possible.

On May 21-23, 2021, the National Center for Race Amity (NCRA), will host a live/virtual Centenary Celebration of the nation’s first Race Amity Convention, held May 21, 1921 in Washington, DC. This inaugural event came on the heels of the devastating and horrific racial violence following World War I, the Spanish Flu epidemic, and the Red Summer of 1919. The Race Amity Convention of 1921 was a result of the united efforts of blacks and whites in the city of Washington, DC. Principally organized by Ms. Agnes Parsons, a white Washington socialite, and Coralee Cooke, an African-American Howard University professor. This groundbreaking event was aided by well-known political and thought leaders such as Senator Moses Clapp and Alain Locke. The inaugural Convention was initiated at the suggestion of Abdu’l-Baha, son of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, to Agnes Parsons during a visit she made with Him in Haifa, Israel in 1920. The event attracted civil rights activists and leaders–including Frederick Douglass’ grandson, Joseph Douglass–and was attended by over a thousand.

Today our nation looks far too much like 1919-1921. The initial Race Amity Convention was an effort to heal, a force to bring our nation together to address this most vital and challenging issue. The goal was then, and remains today, to encourage people of varying races to build close, loving friendships as an effective platform to advance access, equity, and social justice. Fast forward 100 years, and Race Amity models a path to come together to heal and bridge the racial divide.