Unlearning Hate: A Conversation with Derek Black and Allison Gornik

Monday, May 6, 2019 | Toronto Centre for the Arts

Join us for a moving evening with R. Derek Black, a former white nationalist, and Allison Gornik, whose intervention was critical to Derek renouncing his white nationalist beliefs.

The Canadian office of Facing History and Ourselves is celebrating 10 years of giving young people the knowledge and skills to confront bigotry and antisemitism, and be agents for change.

Date, Time & Location

Monday, May 6, 2019
6:00 PM—VIP Reception
7:30 PM—Main Program

Lyric Theatre - Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge St
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

We recognize that this event takes place during Ramadan. Space will be provided for prayer and for breaking fast. 

Ticket Options

General Admission Tickets $20 

Purchase online at the link above, or call Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787

VIP Experience $250* Your donation grants you admission to the VIP reception featuring a meet and greet with Derek Black and Allison Gornik, and admission to the main event.

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*Tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount.

Featured Speakers

Derek Black’s father founded Stormfront, the first and largest white supremacist community on the Internet, and his godfather, David Duke, was once a leader of the KKK. By age nineteen, Black was regarded as the white nationalist movement’s “leading light.” In the midst of the furor over his presence on a liberal arts campus, Black accepted an invitation to attend weekly Shabbat dinners in the dorms. After years of often contentious conversations, Black disavowed the white nationalist movement, acknowledging the harm that it caused, and publicly renounced it in 2013. He has been actively speaking out against white supremacy ever since. His story is the subject of the new book Rising Out of Hatred by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eli Saslow.

Allison Gornik is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Michigan State University. At New College of Florida Allison met Derek Black and learned about his familial and personal activism on behalf of white nationalism. Through many private and often painful conversations, Derek eventually renounced white nationalism. Allison’s role in this story is a primary focus of Eli Saslow’s new book Rising Out of Hatred.

Event Partners & Sponsors

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available! For more information please contact Gillian Aitken at [email protected] or at 416.901.3831 ext. 222.

We would like to thank the following partners and sponsors for their generous support of this event:

Media Partner

Anniversary Benefactor


The Barry and Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust


The Delaney Family Foundation
The Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation

The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation


ShaRna Foundation

Our Work in Canada

For 10 years, our Toronto-based office has equipped middle and high school educators in Canada with best-in-class professional development that integrates the study of history and literature with ethical decision making. Close to 400,000 students are taught by our network of over 6,000 educators each year. As communities across Canada become increasingly diverse, educators are asking for tools to promote empathy, respect, and create a classroom environment that encourages conversations about difficult issues.

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action, Facing History has been preparing teachers to examine the Indian Residential Schools and their long-lasting effects on Indigenous Peoples of Canada in their social studies classrooms. Our invaluable partnerships with school board administrators and educators enable us to provide educators with the tools, strategies, and resources for students to explore themes of prejudice, judgment and justice, and civic responsibility.

Learn about our work in Canada

Canada Advisory Board:

Lesley Shore, Chair

Ronald Hoffman
Amos Key Jr.
Nate Leipciger
Madeleine Levy
Myra Novogrodsky*
Jeff Rayman
Carole Ann Reed*
Betty Ann Taylor*
Jared Trotman
Michael Uster
Sharon Weintraub
Margaret Wells*
Margie Wolfe*

* Emeritus

Contact Us

For more information about this event please contact Gillian Aitken at [email protected] or at 416.901.3831 ext. 222.

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