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Watch the 2021 Facing Race Awards

The Facing Race Awards recognize anti-racism activists in Minnesota who challenge absent and harmful narratives on race, and push for justice and equity.

Join us in celebrating the four Minnesota anti-racism activists who were honored at our 15th annual Facing Race Awards. The show, produced by TPT, premiered Oct. 24 and will be re-broadcast Oct. 31. You can stream the show any time below to learn about the impact our award winners have made, hear from special guest Kao Kalia Yang, and watch Ujamaa Music Group perform an original song.

Meet Our 2021 Award Recipients

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Victoria McWane-Creek

Victoria McWane-Creek is a performance improvement specialist with the Organization 4 Full Participation. She guides individuals, teams, organizations and communities toward their ideal performance by designing and executing strategic interventions that close knowledge and skills gaps. Victoria is an Art Hosting practitioner and lead facilitator for Respectful Conversations. She serves on the City of Fergus Falls Human Rights Commission, Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership Board and the Youth Advisory Council of the Workforce Area Board.

Organization 4 Full Participation
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KingDemetrius Pendleton

KingDemetrius Pendleton is a father, truth-seeker and independent photojournalist who uses imagery to tell stories of injustice and unrest. After the tragic killing of his daughter by a drunk driver, KingDemetrius became an activist dedicating time to becoming a “voice for the voiceless.” Under the brand ListenMedia!, his mission is to capture beauty in the world through his lens one photo at a time.

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Valerie Shirley

Valerie Shirley is the founder of the Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community, a nonprofit that ensures access to effective communication for individuals who are deaf, deaf plus, and hard of hearing. She began her career in deaf education as a way to communicate with her deaf son. Since then she has taught others to sign and has made it her mission to ensure mosques in Minnesota include American Sign Language interpreters at prayer services.

Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community
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Wokie Weah

Wokie Weah is the first and current President of Youthprise, a philanthropic nonprofit dedicated to increasing equity for Minnesota’s Indigenous, low-income and racially diverse youth. As an immigrant from Liberia, she knows firsthand the importance of disrupting systems of oppression and looking at things from a multicultural lens. Under Wokie’s leadership, Youthprise has granted more than $30 million to youth initiatives and provided training and technical assistance to more than 100 youth-serving organizations.


View the Post-show Conversation

Following the Facing Race Awards broadcast on October 24, our Senior Vice President of Operations & Learning, Nadege Souvenir, hosted a conversation with honorees.

Advocating for Equity

The Facing Race Awards recognize anti-racism activists in Minnesota who challenge absent and harmful narratives on race, build solutions that unite, instead of divide, and push for justice and equity. Through these Awards, we celebrate and learn from those leading the way forward.

The Facing Race Awards, established in 2007, are just one way the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation advocates for equity. Learn more about our narrative change and anti-racism efforts, and how you can join us.



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