Layla F. Saad: Me and White Supremacy (w/ Melissa Carter)
Tuesday January 28: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and over 90,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook.
The updated and expanded Me and White Supremacy takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.
In the 3rd floor Rare Book Room, join us to learn how awareness leads to action, and action leads to change. The numbers show that readers are ready to do this work—let’s give it to them.
Layla F Saad is the author of the ground-breaking Me And White Supremacy and the host of Good Ancestor Podcast. She is a globally sought speaker on the topics of race, spirituality, feminism and leadership. Layla’s work is driven by her powerful desire to become a ‘good ancestor;' to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.
Melissa Carter is the Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at New York University and is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming for MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country. Melissa’s career began in the hip hop music business at Violator management. From there she became a digital sales and marketing executive at both Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group. After a decade in the industry, Melissa embarked on a spiritual journey that inspired transformations in both her career and daily life. Melissa has served as a meditation teacher, reiki master, intuitive coach and wellness consultant. The last ten years have brought her to 16 different countries as a presenter and workshop leader speaking about the intersection of spirituality, social justice and mindfulness including belonging, self care, intuitive and emotional intelligence. As a spiritual thought leader, Melissa takes a holistic approach to problem solving. She has a drive to understand how systems work and how they can function more efficiently using mindfulness and grassroots practices. She is an Adjunct Professor for the Silver School of Social Work and is the New York Trauma-Informed facilitator for Connection Coalition. She is a Mama Glow-trained doula. Melissa has been featured in Good Housekeeping magazine and Billboard magazine's "Top 30 Under 30 Executives" as well as various mindfulness blogs and podcasts, including The Naked Podcast and The Trailblazer Podcast.