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Stacey Abrams at Facing History Event

Stacey Abrams on Democracy, Civics, and Education

The New York Times bestselling author and trailblazing political leader Stacey Abrams delivers the keynote address at a special 2023 event.

On June 4, 2023 Facing History & Ourselves hosted a special event We Are Facing History: Democracy – Past, Present & Future, in San Mateo, California. We were incredibly excited and grateful to welcome best-selling author and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams to deliver the keynote address. 

Ms. Abrams shared the inspiring story of how she became involved in activism. She also took questions from Facing History Student Leadership Group members, who provided thoughtful questions and insight on young people’s perspectives on voting rights and democracy.

Scenes from the 2023 South Bay Fundraiser

Stacey Abram shares her three tips for students and young activists.

Facing History CEO Desmond K. Blackburn, PhD, delivers the opening address.

Caretha Coleman, Facing History Board Director and event co-chair, introduces Stacey Abrams.

Stacey Abrams delivers her keynote address.

Edda Collins Coleman, Chair of Facing History’s N. California Advisory Board, with Stacey Abrams

Stacey with Facing History’s Bay Area team

I continue to believe in democracy, I continue to invest in democracy. But I also believe in holding the people who get power accountable.
— Stacey Abrams

We also heard from local Facing History educator and alumna Hannah Nguyen, who shared the story of how Facing History changed the trajectory of her life and career.

Facing History alum and educator Hannah Nguyen delivers an impassioned speech about the impact of Facing History.

We also invited questions from students who demonstrated how young people today are invested in their role in our democracy, and curious about how they can choose to participate in an increasingly divided country.

Stacey Abrams and members of the Facing History Student Leadership Group.

The most effective way to engage people in voting is to tell them what they get if they do — and what they're going to face if they don't. 
— Stacey Abrams

The insights and reflections each speaker shared about democracy underscored the importance of our work. We are so grateful to all who joined us and made this event possible.