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Keynote Track

400 Years of Black History

Crosscut Festival 2021
Wed May 5, 2021 | 5:00pm

The tragic and triumphant four-hundred-year history of Black American experience. 

Black man with long, thin dreadlocks pulled back into a low ponytail, wearing a checked button-down shirt and grey blazer shits at a table covered with a cream tablecloth against a grey background
Black woman wearing glasses with long, dark braids with a few blonde braids in front smiles at the camera. She is wearing a dark blazer and her background is the inside of a living room
A brown-skinned woman with long dark hair wearing an orange pantsuit sits on a white seat with her arms and legs crossed and smiles at the camera.
Featuring: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Dr. Keisha N. Blain, Soledad O'Brien

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.