TRC Global Summit Program

Times listed are BST (British Summer Time) GMT+1:00  and ET  (Eastern Time) GMT – 4:00

18 July- Virtual Event

5 p.m. – 6:07pm BST/ 12 p.m. to 1:07 p.m. ET Premiere of the 2021 TRC Documentary

To honor Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of fighting for racial justice, this 67-minute documentary will take you on a journey inside the hearts and minds of citizens whose actions and words concretely demonstrate how we can all work to heal racial wounds through the power of conversation.

19 July -Virtual Event


1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. BST / 8 a.m. to 8:20 am ET  Welcome Remarks

Khalil Osiris, Founder, Truth & Reconciliation Conversations


Debbie Weekes Bernard, Deputy Mayor, Communities and Social Justice,
City of London


1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. BST / 8:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. ET Opening Talk: Origin Stories 

Any attempt to confront the legacy of racism must begin with understanding the history of the slave trade, and its enduring impact on every single continent.  UNESCO’s Slave Route Project aims to shed new light on hidden histories, to combat ignorance and spark dialogue.

Doudou Diene, former UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance 

In conversation with Khalil Osiris, Founder, Truth & Reconciliation Conversations


1:50 p.m. to 3 p.m. BST/ 8:50 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET Screening of 2021 Truth & Reconciliation Conversations Documentary


3 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. BST/ 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. ET Break


3:10 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. BST/ 10:10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. ET Panel Discussion: Starting the Conversation

Four panelists react and respond to the TRC documentary, and share the ways in which they are addressing overt and subtle racism in their own communities. 

Tali Nates, Founder and Director, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Museum

H.E. Ambassador Nomatemba Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK

Diana Yeh, Associate Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at City, University of London

Fatima Zaman, Advocate, Kofi Annan Foundation

Moderated by Alexandra Pascalidou, journalist, author and presenter


3:50 p.m. to 4  p.mBST / 10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET  Poetry: Surviving Blackness

Lee Mokobe, Poet and Creative Director


4 p.m. to 4:10  p.m. BST / 11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. ET  Break


4:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. BST / 11:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET Speaking Truth to Power

TRC George Floyd Tribute

CHS Nelson Mandela Academy


4:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m BST / 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. ET  Civic Education in Action

Four practitioners review the TRC commitments and explain the ways they can integrate them in their own work and lives.


Mete Coban, Founder of My Life My Say

Colombe Cahen Salvador and Andrea Venzon, Co-Founders,  NOW

Yvonne Chow, Policy Advisor, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


5:10 p.m. to 5:20 p.mBST /12: 10 p.m. to 12: 20 p.m. ET Comic BreakLesego Tlhabi, Writer and Comedian


5:20 p.m. to 5:25  p.m. BST / 12: 20p.m. to 12: 25 p.m. ET Musical Interlude

“Red, White, Black and Blue,” an Original Piece by Alfred Cleveland with  Keyon Harrold, created for TRC


5:25 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. BST / 12:25 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. ET Closing Panel: Race and Culture 

Artists or culture creators discuss the intersection of race and the arts, and the importance of the arts in breaking down barriers and igniting conversation. What is culture’s role in the healing process?

J.Ralph, Composer, Musician and Producer

Louise Thurin, Writer and Cultural Activist

Isaac Julien, Artist and Filmmaker

Webster, Activist, Hip-Hop Artist, Historian

In conversation with Farah Nayeri, Culture Writer, The New York Times


6:05 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. BST/ 1: 05 p.m. to 1:20 p.m ET Closing Keynote

Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE


6:20 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. BST / 1:20 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. ET  Call to Action and Closing Remarks

Khalil Osiris, Founder, Truth & Reconciliation Conversations