Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. Read more about our mission and goals.
The organizers of Free Minds, Free People are mindful of the recent controversy surrounding the Native identity of one of our keynote plenary speakers, Andrea Smith. Because racial, cultural, and tribal identities all hold complicated histories and implications, they cannot be easily resolved in a single statement. As conference organizers, we are excited to have Andy Smith speak at our conference because of her important work as a leading theorist and groundbreaking anti-colonial and feminist activist. Simultaneously, we acknowledge our failure to front the voices of Indigenous peoples, particularly Indigenous women. Please accept our humble apology as we work to do better in the future.