"Nobody's free until
David Dean is a writer, speaker and educator seeking to support the growth of powerful, multiracial social movements in two key ways:
By showing white Americans how their well-being is tied to the freedom of people of color.
By helping activists of all backgrounds build solidarity among those who have been divided along lines of race by corporate interests intent on maintaining power.
David speaks to students, advocacy organizations, and community and religious groups offering political strategy for transformative alliance-building. His message is grounded in rich historical analysis and personal experience. He also supports groups of white people to replace feelings of shame about the reality of racism with knowledge of their own stake in the struggle for racial justice, critical understanding of how their ancestors were socialized to become "white," and connection to a legacy of cross-racial resistance to oppression.
Here you can reach out to David about speaking to your community, subscribe to receive monthly movement-building resources from him, or read his writing.
David is also a contributing writer and trainer for White Awake, has served as an advocate for restorative discipline in schools, and has facilitated groups of men working to overcome hyper-masculine social expectations. Under the guidance of community elders on the Crow Reservation (Apsáalooke Nation), David developed and spent years coordinating The Unity Hoops Project, a summer program for Native youth that integrates basketball with a social justice-centered education.
David deeply believes that all of our freedom is interdependent and that when we bring this wisdom to the center of our movements they will be unstoppable. He has been shaped most by his parents' love and his upbringing in Quaker communities. He loves to write, sing, and support others' discovery of their own inherent goodness and power to create social change.
"Nobody's free until everybody's free"
FANNIE LOU HAMER
The banner photo above is from the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, Martin Luther King Jr.'s final cause that sought to unite the multiracial working class to stand against the interlocking evils of poverty, racism, and militarism.