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Mountain State Racial Justice Summit 2018

November 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Rekindle Power. Generate Light. Build Futures.

Call to Action for Racial Equality (CARE Coalition) presents West Virginia’s first racial justice conference, the Mountain State Racial Justice Summit, on November 30 and December 1, 2018. This year’s theme is “Rekindle Power. Generate Light. Build Futures.” Local, regional, and national facilitators will lead workshops, dialogue and discussion groups, and strategy sessions on a variety of topics related to racial justice organizing in West Virginia and Central Appalachia.


Toyota Hall / Advanced Technology Center, part of BridgeValley Community & Technical College’s South Charleston campus
GPS Directions: West Virginia Regional Technology Park, 1740 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303


Get tickets at msrjs2018.eventbrite.com


Check out the schedule of events.
Download the conference program (PDF).

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Friday, November 30 | 7:00 PM

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 33 year old Affrilachian (Black Appalachian) working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN and a long-time activist working around issues of mountaintop removal mining and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia. She is an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives and is on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly.

Troy Williams

Saturday, December 1 | Doors 6:00 PM; Event 7:30 PM
West Virginia State University, Ferrell Hall Auditorium

This event is included in your conference registration, and is also ticketed separately.

On October 29th, 2014, Troy Williams was released after serving 18 years of a life sentence in California’s prison system. While incarcerated, Williams participated in numerous education, vocation, mental health & wellness workshops, violence prevention, self-help, and restorative justice programs. Williams became a certified paralegal and founded the San Quentin Prison Report (SQPR), a video and award winning radio production program. Williams co-founded San Quentin’s financial literacy program and F.E.E.L. philosophy (Financial Empowerment Emotional Literacy), and served as the executive director of the Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable during which prisoner participation grew from less than 40 to over 300. In 2014, he accepted an award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Since paroling, Williams has worked as a Youth Program Development Specialist, Restorative Justice Facilitator, Motivational Speaker, Columnist for the Oakland Post, Editor-In-Chief of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, and Multimedia Producer. Williams serves on Oakland City’s Safety and Services Oversight Commission, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Formerly Incarcerated Advisory Board, Open Gate’s Men’s Advisory Council, and serves as a Board Member for UnCommon Law, Oakland Private Industry Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Williams is currently working as the program coordinator for the R.I.S.E. scholars (Restorative, Integrated, and Self-Educated) program at Chabot College and was recently awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship where he is working to create a national multimedia platform and community engagement program that will help formerly incarcerated people document their experiences and engage the public.

Ticket Prices

Student = $50
Individual = $75
Organization = $225 – $275
Saturday Keynote Event Only: Student = $25
Saturday Keynote Event Only: Adult = $40

Purchase tickets, sponsor a ticket for someone else, or apply for a scholarship online.
Register Today!

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors:

American Friends Service Committee
Appalachian Transition Fellowship
Cafe Appalachia
Charleston Job Corps Center
Covenant House / Dr. Rainbow
Everywhere Local Media
FIRSTHAND Cooperative
Food Justice Lab at WVU
Gaddy Engineering Company
Mountain Mamas
Naomi Cohen
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC)
Paul Sheridan
Rise Up WV
Sage Soul Productions
STAY Project
Triangle District Media Group
WV Center on Budget & Policy
WV Citizen Action Education Fund
WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence
WV Healthy Kids & Families Coalition
YWCA of Charleston, WV


Download the MSRJS 2018 Press Release (PDF)
WV Gazette-Mail: Coalition to host racial justice summit Friday, Saturday

Download the MSRJS 2018 Conference Flier

Call for Sponsorships

Call for Proposals (Now Closed)


November 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 pm


BridgeValley Community & Technical College, South Charleston Campus
2001 Union Carbide Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303 United States
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Call to Action for Racial Equality