The primary purpose of the Summit is to discuss race in a comprehensive, collaborative, and compassionate manner designed to build the Beloved Community in West Virginia.

The 2020 Summit on Race Matters in West Virginia is a reboot of a similar event held in 2014. The majority of members of the 2020 Summit Planning Committee also planned the 2014 event, which was supported financially by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) and other partners. For the 2020 event, the Summit Planning Committee recommended all featured speakers and panelists. While the Summit seeks to represent various viewpoints, financial constraints and the necessity for virtual delivery have limited the number of viewpoints able to be discussed. All Summit discussions are guided by questions submitted by community members upon registration. The views expressed by Summit speakers and panelists do not necessarily represent the views of TGKVF’s Board of Trustees, donors, or staff. By hosting the Summit, the Foundation is operating in its role as a community convener and facilitating conversations–as it often does–on a variety of topics.


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Ibram X. Kendi

August 6th, 4 – 6:30 pm
Kitty Dooley
 Jeff James
 Shaun King
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Criminal Justice

Nikole Hannah-Jones

September 10th, 4 – 6:30 pm
James Nolan
 Damion Shade
 Lida Shepherd
 Alex Vitale
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Civic Engagement

Angela Davis

September 21st, 4 – 6:30 pm
Jason Huffman
 Shanequa Smith
 Dijon Stokes
 Jennifer Wells
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Housing & Wealth


To Be Announced
Valerie R. Wilson
 Reverend Matthew Watts

Desired outcomes


Strengthen the skills of individual agents of change working to build communities that serve everyone.


Serve as an incubator for increased collaborative leadership in building these communities.


Raise awareness of the systemic inequalities faced by Black West Virginians.


Develop an agenda of thoughtful and visionary policies and practices that empower Black West Virginians.

Why convene a Summit on Race Matters?

While all West Virginians are integral to moving the state forward, Black West Virginians face systemic barriers that impede their full participation in this important work. These barriers need to be addressed in a meaningful, sustainable, and transformational way so that all West Virginians can participate in the West Virginia Renaissance.

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Partnership Opportunities

Partnership Opportunities

Financial Supporters

Partner – $10,000
Advocate – $5,000
Friend – $1,000

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Re: SORM Fund
PO BOX 3041
Charleston, WV 25331

Promotion Partners

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The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Partnership of African American Churches

West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy

American Friends Service Committee



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