Anti-Racist Leadership Series: Study Primer on Anti-Black Systemic Racism

September 21, 2020

More than 250 leaders have convened for the Leadership Greater Washington Anti-Racist Leadership Series: Building Belonging, Ally-ship, and Organizational Culture. The second session, titled, “The Past is Never Dead, In Fact, It’s Not Even Past,” helped participants consider how history shapes racial identities, and how our identities shape who we are in the world. 

Our study primer video details some of the historical contexts we covered and is a multimedia teaching tool to help us understand the racial system we live in and be better anti-racists. Watch this short video for an examination of the history of anti-Black racism: 

Main photo cr. Elvert Barnes

Meet the Series Co-Leaders:

Howard Ross (’91) – Founding Partner, Udarta Consulting, LLC

Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate, the founder of Cook Ross, and the founder of Udarta Consulting, LLC. He is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing Unconscious Bias. To learn more about Howard you can read his full bio here.

Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh – CEO, KTA Global Partners

Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh’s extensive work in diversity has included helping organizations implement corporate diversity initiatives in major corporations, conducting global organization assessments on equity issues for international NGO’s, working with committed leaders, training managers, and employees, coaching consultants and training facilitators in diversity work. To learn more about Karyn you can read her full bio here.



The series is at capacity, if you would like more information on the series, please email

Anti-Racist Leadership Series: Study Primer on Anti-Black Systemic Racism