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Charlene Carruthers is leaving nothing to chance to ensure young leaders of color have the tools to compel social change. As founding national director of the five-year-old Black Youth Project 100, called BYP100, she trains 18-to 35-year-old activists. She'll talk about her work on Nov. 2 as the 2018 Kalamazoo Summit on Racism's keynote speaker.

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If it seems like hate is increasing, it is. So says the Southern Poverty Law Center that has been monitoring domestic hate for nearly half a century.

Within 10 days of November's presidential election, about 850 incidences of hate and racial intimidation were reported to the center, says outreach director Lecia Brooks.

It rose to over 1,800 by March of this year. Brooks headlines the Kalamazoo Summit on Racism on Nov. 17 in Kalamazoo.

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Next Tuesday, a National Day of Healing debuts, and Kalamazoo is among the communities across the country holding events. In Kalamazoo, local organizations are partnering with the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to show and discuss "America Divided," a documentary exploring inequities in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. (Click on the icon to listen now).  

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The executive director of the Society for History and Racial Equity says a few years ago organizers of the annual Summit on Racism in Kalamazoo were happy to get 50 people. Donna Odom says the event has grown, and this year will be a full-day event. 

On the third Thursday of every other month the Society for History and Racial Equity(SHARE) hosts the Race Initiative Book Club. The book club formed out of a touring exhibit on race that had completed its run at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in 2011. The purpose was to keep the dialogue going.