David Dean is a political educator, writer, and speaker seeking to support the growth of transformative alliances in our social movements – solidarity that undoes the centuries-long project of reactionary elites to divide and rule.
He gives particular focus to supporting white people to engage in multiracial movements with emotional strength, political clarity, and fierce purpose. He is the former Associate Director of White Awake, a racial and economic justice education center where he taught courses for more than 5000 people and trained activists throughout the country.
David's forthcoming book, Roots Deeper than Whiteness: Remembering who we are for the well-being of all, is meant to help white Americans cultivate a rooted, anti-racist identity, based on a deeper understanding of their ancestry, that can drive their participation in efforts for collective liberation. To receive regular writing from David and learn about training opportunities with him, sign up for his newsletter, Toward Solidarity.
David has also served as an advocate for restorative discipline in schools and has facilitated groups of men working to overcome hyper-masculine social expectations. Under the guidance of community elders on the Crow Reservation (Apsáalooke Nation), he developed and spent years coordinating The Unity Hoops Project, a summer program for Native youth that integrated basketball with a social justice-centered education.
David believes that all of our freedom is interdependent and that when we bring this wisdom to the center of our movements they will be unstoppable. He has been shaped most by his parents' love and his upbringing in Quaker communities. He loves to write, sing, and support others' discovery of their own inherent goodness and power to create social change.
"Nobody's free until everybody's free"
FANNIE LOU HAMER
The banner photo above, taken by Jack Rottier, is from the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, Martin Luther King Jr.'s final cause that sought to unite the multiracial working class to stand against the interlocking evils of poverty, racism, and militarism.