Center Black Liberation. Support Black Futures.

Since 2017’s Black Lives Matter rally in Charleston, black folks in West Virginia have been rising up. Despite extractive and hateful policies built from the intersections of institutional racism, racist policing, capitalism, and white supremacy, we move through these hills stronger than ever.

To rekindle our power, generate light, and build more sustainable futures, we launch our state’s first ever racial justice conference, the Mountain State Racial Justice Summit, on November 30 and December 1, 2018. Our keynote speakers are Troy Williams, Program Coordinator for the R.I.S.E. scholars (Restorative, Integrated, and Self-Educated) program at Chabot College; and Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, the Co-Executive Director of Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN. We hope this conference will become an annual convergence of racial justice leaders in West Virginia and Central Appalachia as we strengthen our strategies locally, regionally, and nationally.

But to make this conference successful, we need your help! We ask you, your business, or your organization to commit to centering black liberation in your values and your work by investing in a Power, Light, or Futures Sponsorship Package.

Power // $500

  • Cover gas cards, meals, and childcare for attendees
  • Spotlight in e-news and social media

Light // $750

  • Contribute to lodging and stipends for workshop facilitators traveling from Oakland, New York City, or the South
  • Quarter-page ad in Conference Program Booklet

Futures // $1,500

  • Fund a mini-grant for a regional racial justice project
  • Recognition as conference co-host
  • Half-page ad in Conference Program Booklet

All sponsors will receive name recognition in conference materials and publicity, as well as in our e-newsletter and social media.

For a sponsorship form and contract, please email Gabrielle Chapman at

Mail a check to: Call to Action for Racial Equality, 600 Shrewsbury Street, Charleston, WV 25301 and include “Racial Justice Conference” in the memo line.

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