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A new balance and new direction: Reflecting on the U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs Advancing Together Symposium

In May of 1921, the American Bahá’í community hosted a national conference on “race amity” in Washington, D.C. This conference reflected the community’s founding commitment to the cause of racial unity and justice. On the centenary of the 1921 race amity conference, the U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs held a virtual symposium, Advancing Together: Forging a Path toward a Just, Inclusive and Unified Society, for people of diverse backgrounds to reflect on the ongoing struggle for racial justice in our nation. This session will be a conversation with the symposium’s organizers from the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public reflecting on their efforts to contribute to the national discourse on racial justice and unity. The conversation will center around the office’s Advancing Together Symposium, called by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States in 2017. The symposium represented a milestone in the office’s efforts to contribute to this discourse. The conversation will touch on the planning of, and vision for, the symposium, major insights emerging from it, and place the symposium within the office’s broader race unity efforts.