The Root Institute, launching virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 21, provides a much-needed forum where our community can question the status quo, discern where the truth resides, and share alternative points of view that hew more closely to reality than most mainstream conversations would currently have us believe.
The Root Institute exists not only to pose the right questions but to also offer tangible solutions that can improve our community—from health and wealth equity, to cultural and political policy-making, to opportunities around tech and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to not only set the Black agenda but to help empower it.
But this is no stodgy lecture section; to the contrary: each episode of The Root Institute welcomes you into the dialogue with real talk led by our Root team.
We hope that you will enjoy the conversations we have curated and that you will find in them a source of inspiration, astute observations and a window into the world as we in the Black community see it. Each day will bring a new focus: Day 1 September 21 centers on politics and social justice; Day 2 September 22 discusses the intersection of entertainment and activism; Day 3 September 23hones in on entrepreneurs, technology and careers; and Day 4 September 24 rounds us out with smart dialogues on our culture and wellness.
Special guests this week include Yara Shahidi, Tarana Burke, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Bakari Sellers, Brittney Cooper, LaTosha Brown, Glynda Carr, LaChanze, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Angela Rye, Errin Haines, April Reign, Morgan Jerkins, Naima Cochrane, Lynne D Johnson, Minda Harts, Minyon Moore and so many other incredible speakers, artists and thought leaders.
We invite you to join us daily this week at the second annual Root Institute for each intriguing session. We also encourage you to share your comments and your own insights with us on social media using hashtag #rootinstitute. Let the learnings begin!