Racial Injustice the Focus of New Season of QF’s Doha Debates’ #DearWorldLive Program

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Published October 20th, 2020 - 12:27 GMT
Racial Injustice the Focus of New Season of QF’s Doha Debates’ #DearWorldLive Program
Debut episode to examine racism in America as US presidential election nears
Racial inequality around the world will be the focus of the second season of Doha Debates’ #DearWorldLive program.

Racial inequality around the world will be the focus of the second season of Doha Debates’ #DearWorldLive program, which premieres this week with an interactive episode examining racism in America amid the Black Lives Matter movement just two weeks before the US presidential election.

A production of Qatar Foundation’s Doha Debates, #DearWorldLive is a lively, candid, and engaging weekly online program hosted by award-winning journalist Nelufar Hedayat, with guest newsmakers, student participation, and viewer comments and questions from around the world.

Participants in the show on Wednesday, October 21 are Marc Lamont Hill, an activist, author, and Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, US; Mikki Kendall, activist and author of Hood Feminism, which makes the case for Black women ignored by the feminist movement; and Vikiana Petit-Homme, a Boston college student who became a national inspiration for her work in organizing thousands of teenagers to participate in gun reform efforts, including March for Our Lives, and who works to lower America’s voting age.

Amjad Atallah, managing director of Doha Debates, said: “With the Black Lives Matter movement in the US resonating among people around the world, it's clear that racial injustice is pervasive and problematic on a global scale.

“Now is an ideal time for #DearWorldLive to devote a series of thoughtful, engaging programs to the question of how we can overcome racism.  We look forward to what surely will be a compelling and solutions-focused season two with more amazing guests on #DearWorldLive.”

The program will be livestreamed on Wednesday at 5pm. Doha time on Doha Debates’ Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch pages. Viewers can participate and be featured by submitting comments and questions with the hashtag #DearWorldLive.

Future racism-focused episodes of #DearWorldLive will tackle issues of environmental injustice, art as protest, how to be an ally, and healthcare challenges.

The first season of #DearWorldLive focused on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, and featured world experts and thinkers from around the world including Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Maysoon Zayid, the Palestinian-American activist and comedian whose TED talk about living with cerebral palsy has been translated into 37 languages and viewed over 17 million times. The program also featured dozens of young activists, students, political leaders, humanitarian workers, and other local changemakers from around the world. 

#DearWorldLive and all Doha Debates programs can be watched on Doha Debates’ Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch pages.

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