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407 | Race and the Dharma
407 | Race and the Dharma
Friday, November 3 | 6 - 7 PM
Blanc Gallery
4445 S Martin Luther King Dr | Chicago, IL | 60653
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Reverend angel Kyodo williams, an ordained Zen priest and the founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California, seeks to bridge the racial divides that exist within communities through the power of practice and what she calls “a radical dharma.” Her faith in the transformative ability of the individual grounds her conception of a “presence-centered social justice movement,” where developing greater self-awareness can also awaken a community. In her latest book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, Rev. williams addresses racial injustice and the barriers to a socially just world while pointing to how one individual's commitment can spark healing within a community – just as a single drop can transform an entire body of water. Founding executive director of Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab Toni Anderson joins Reverend williams in conversation.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with Blanc Gallery.


Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, angel Kyodo williams has been bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. The work was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Fiercely grounded, she is known for her willingness to both sit with and speak to uncomfortable truths. angel notes, “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”

Toni Anderson is a Southside Chicago native dedicated to healing and bringing equity to the people, spaces and systems supporting and threatening climate & culture. Ms. Anderson is an urban ecologist, spiritualist and founder of Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab and Mindful Rant, organizations that serve as vehicles for providing youth and communities with the tools they need to be agents of mindful social, environmental change and proactive, imaginal community engagement.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.