Race and Power in America Summit 


Pictures from Race and Power Summit
Presentations by and training for youth leaders, work to understand the dominant narrative that many people believe about what is possible -- and shared conversations about how to change it -- were part of a powerful week in the history of Gamaliel. View more pictures on Flickr.

"Turn down for what?!”

For many participants, the closing reflection of Rev. B. DeNeice Welch, pastor of Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church and leader in Gamaliel affiliate PIIN, reverberated for many participants for days after our departure from Gamaliel’s Race and Power in America Summit.

The Race and Power Summit came after an intense eight-month process of strategic discernment looking at where we wish to lead our communities 20 years and more from now. The purpose of the summit was to share a new vision that names building racial equity as the common theme uniting our work for jobs and sustainable transportation infrastructure, better education opportunities for our youth, and immigration reform. 

Out of the summit flowed collective commitments to move beyond organizing models that tackle the consequences of broken systems and to engage new frameworks and tools that dismantle structural racism have both challenged and energized our work of the next 25 years:

  • In all, 214 of our clergy, leaders, organizers, and partners assembled in Detroit last week to declare a long-term agenda that will build the people’s control of government, build the community’s control of the economy, expand the public sphere and, most importantly, create structural racial equity.
  • Dr. john powell, Haas Institute, challenged us around “othering” and “belonging.” Strategic partner Dave Mann, Grassroots Policy Project, equipped us with tools to help us begin shifting the dominant public narrative and reframing our work in light of the Gamaliel transformational narrative and long-term agenda.
  • Our youth reminded us structural racism is harming children and families on our streets every day, with a performance that brought home just how high the stakes are and how urgent our work is. With more than 35 young people at the summit, we also undertook to train young people to be active leaders, not just participants, in our struggle.
  • Not least of our accomplishments, we raised $16,000 to continue this work together.

Thank you to those who attended, and we look forward to sharing more about this important work going forward. If you are not connected to us via email, sign up for our enewsletter here (top left of page).  


Thank you to partners and allies:

  • Amy Kenyon, Ford Foundation
  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Policylink
  • Rev. April Johnson, Disciples Of Christ
  • Charlene Sinclair, Richard Healey, & David Mann, Grassroots Policy Project
  • Christine Doby, C.S. Mott Foundation
  • Doak Bloss, Michigan Public Health Institute
  • Doug Claypool, Jack Hayn, & Marcus Shepherd, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • Jakada Imani, Ignite: Center For Spiritual And Social Transformation
  • James Thindwa & Eric Zachary, American Federation of Teachers
  • Kyle Serrette, Center For Popular Democracy
  • Luz Vega-Marquis, The Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Madeline Talbott, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools
  • Mary Lassen, Center For Community Change
  • Mary Sobecki, The Needmor Fund
  • Michelle Reyf, Auburn Seminary
  • Nadia Brigham, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Rev. Susan Engh, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Shannon Baltimore, U.S. Department Of Housing
  • Tameka Ramsey, Michigan Center For Progressive Leadership
  • Tamieka Mosley, Southern Partners Fund
  • Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO
  • Warren Montague, Council Of Minority Transportation Officials
  • Prof. john powell & Wendy Ake, Haas Center For A Fair And Inclusive Society


Download the program book:

Download Race and Power Summit Program Book 
A detailed agenda and other information will be available at check-in
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