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Fri 2/9, 2024, 7:30pm
Ijeoma Oluo with Michele Storms
Be a Revolution
Headshots of Ijeoma Oluo (with brown skin, short coily black hair, and a navy patterned blouse) and Michele Storms (with brown skin, eyeglasses, and long black braids put up in a high bun)

Ijeoma Oluo’s #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want To Talk About Race (2019) offered a vital guide for how to talk about important issues of race and racism in society. In Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (2020), Oluo discussed how white male supremacy has had an impact on our systems, our culture, and our lives throughout American history. But now that we better understand these systems of oppression, the question is this: What can we do about them?

In her new book, Be A Revolution: How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World — and How You Can, Too, Ijeoma Oluo explores how people across America are working to create real positive change in our structures. Looking at many of our most powerful systems — like education, media, labor, health, housing, policing, and more — she highlights what people are doing to create change for intersectional racial equity. She also illustrates how readers can find their own entry points for change in these same areas or can bring some of this important work being done elsewhere to where they live.

Oluo aims to not only educate but to inspire action and change. Join us at Town Hall for a discussion on how to take conversations on race and racism out of a place of pure pain and trauma, and into a place of loving action.

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer, speaker, and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and, most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 Time 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Michele E. Storms is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU of Washington), former Deputy Director of the ACLU of Washington, and previous Assistant Dean for Public Service and executive director of the William H. Gates Public Service Law program at the University of Washington School of Law. Michele is concerned with equity and justice for all and has dedicated her professional and personal attention to access to justice, preservation of freedom and democracy for all, and ensuring that all humxns safely reside in the “circle of human concern.”

About the Benefit

This event is a special benefit in honor of Town Hall’s 25th Anniversary! Tickets are offered on a sliding scale starting at $10 and support Town Hall’s mission to inspire curiosity, spark conversation, and nurture community.

NOTE: $5 tickets are not available for this event. A limited number of free tickets for ages 22 & under are available.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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