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Established in 2007, the Foundation’s Facing Race Awards honor Minnesota’s anti-racism activists who work tirelessly to change the narrative on race and create communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Meet Our 2021 Award Recipients


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.


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.


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.


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.

2020 Award Recipients

  • Valerie Castile
  • Resmaa Menakem
  • Alex Miles
  • Leslie Redmond

2019 Award Recipients

2018 Award Recipients

Past Award Recipients Facing Race

Past Facing Race Honorees

  • R. James Addington
  • Rev. Carolyn Arnett
  • Susan Ault
  • Russel and Sarah Balenger
  • Lou Bellamy
  • Elizabeth A. Campbell
  • Satveer S. Chaudhary
  • Robert L. Crawford
  • Ouida Crozier
  • Joann daSilva
  • Lucila Dominguez
  • Mahmoud El-Kati
  • Dwayne Gibbs
  • Metric M. Giles, I
  • Jennifer Godinez
  • Donna Hauer
  • Bukata Hayes
  • James H. Heck, Ph.D.
  • Delores Henderson
  • Barbara Corti Herrmann
  • Ange Hwang
  • Taneeza Islam
  • Pamela James
  • Dr. Josie Johnson
  • Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D.
  • Angelique Kedem
  • Nathaniel Abdul Khaliq
  • Helen Kivnick
  • Velma J. Korbel
  • Gary W. Y. Kwong
  • Dr. Ghafar Lakanwal
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds
  • Jan Mandell
  • Monty Martin
  • Dr. Cecilia Martinez
  • Corinth Matera
  • Jada Sherrie Mitchell
  • Rajean P. Moone, Ph.D.
  • Ellen O'Neill
  • Margery K. Otto, J.D.
  • Oluwaseyi Daniel Oyinloye
  • Steve Pederson
  • Herbert (Okogyeamon) A. Perkins, Ph.D.
  • Thien-bao Thuc Phi
  • Lawrence T. Potter, Jr., Ph.D.
  • Nieeta L. Presley
  • Jack Reuler
  • A. Lori Saroya
  • Lupe R. Serrano
  • Rev. Paul Slack
  • T. Gregory Stavrou
  • Mihailo Temali
  • Justin Terrell
  • Dr. Anton Treuer
  • Michelle A. Villanueva
  • Chaun Webster
  • Paul Williams
  • Hli Xyooj
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