As the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others exposed the always-present anti-Black racism in our society, young professionals are searching for opportunities to imagine and create a more just and equitable society for themselves, their communities, and for future generations.
Join us as we close out day five of our annual Fierce Urgency of Now festival as we sit down with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ibram X. Kendi.
This moderated discussion with Professor Kendi will explore: anti-racism, racism in Boston, and how you can join us as we actively work to make Boston the nation’s first anti-racist city.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival?
A five-day series of events hosted by local businesses and organizations geared at highlighting the experiences, challenges, and opportunities for young professionals of color in our city with the ultimate goal of creating community.
With more than 30 events scheduled, you can plan to learn, connect, and have fun all week long, while also lending your voice to change. Join us September 4-8 to help make Boston more inclusive for all.
Why are you involved in F.U.N.?
With half of the workforce in Boston being classified as millennials, and nearly half of millennials in Greater Boston being people of color, we know that the business community must play a key role in improving the city’s image and increasing access and opportunities to attract and retain talent. Retention of young people of color is of critical importance to our future as a region.
Who hosts Fierce Urgency of Now?
City Awake, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's young professional network, partners with businesses (large and small) across the Greater Boston region to host a series of events throughout the weekend. Each event host is responsible for all logistics of their event. Typically, this is a decentralized festival held at locations across the city. This year, due to COVID-19, we have transformed the festival into an entirely virtual experience.
Why is it called Fierce Urgency of Now or F.U.N.?
The festival’s title is inspired by a famous Dr. Martin Luther King phrase, used in several of his speeches. In his “I Have a Dream” he states: “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time…to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”
Who is the target audience?
F.U.N.'s target audience is anyone who wants to be involved in shaping our region to be more inclusive for everyone. The events specifically focus on providing tools, resources, and access to young professionals of color who are looking to deepen their connection to the city of Boston. The festival is also for white young professionals who want to take action and CEOs and senior leaders of all backgrounds who want to work directly with the next generation of leaders to improve their companies and the city.