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Ijeoma Oluo          

Writer & Social Activist Known for Her Work on Issues of Race and Identity; Author of "So You Want to Talk About Race"

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and internet yeller. Her work, which focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, and the arts, has been published in The Guardian, The Stranger, Washington Post, ELLE magazine, NBC News, and more.

Her New York Times bestselling book, "So You Want to Talk About Race," was released in January of 2018. In 2020, she released her second book, "Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America," an indictment of what systems benefitting white male America have cost us socially, economically, and politically.

Oluo was named one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, one of The Root's 100 Most Influential Americans in 2017 & 2018, and is the recipient of the Feminist Humanist Award 2018 by the American Humanist Association, the Media Justice Award by the Gender Justice League, and the 2018 Aubrey Davis Visionary Leadership Award by the Equal Opportunity Institute.

Speech Topics

So You Want to Talk About Race


Ijeoma Oluo on why it's time for white male mediocrity to lose its power

Ijeoma Oluo's latest book "Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America,” examines white male supremacy and its impact on America for ...

For Ijeoma Oluo, Books and Bedtime Are a Perfect Combination ...

"Lately, I've been able to find a few minutes to read in bed each night after my family has gone to sleep and it's been absolutely heavenly.”

How To Talk To Your Parents About Racism : Life Kit : NPR

Ijeoma Oluo: I think it's really important to start first from a place of your own ignorance that you once had. A lot of times when we start conversations about justice ...

Ijeoma Oluo's 'Mediocre' dissects white supremacy in America. She ...

It takes a huge toll to live the trauma of being a Black person in a white- supremacist country and then write it as well,” Oluo says.

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