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Wed, February 16, 2022

18:00 CET (12:00 PM EST) – 19:30


This conversation with Soul of Nations’ Director Ernest Hill will introduce the ongoing work of the foundation in relation to art, architecture and activism introducing the Indigenous Advocacy & Research Program designed for Italy. The Indigenous Advocacy and Research Program provides a platform for young research Fellows from Italy to lead as a catalyst for conscious thought, inclusive discourse, and advocacy to impact the migrant community and African diaspora in Italy through youth-led research initiatives that focus on countering Afrophobia and increasing the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Moderated by

Justin Randolph Thompson
Co-founder and Director of Black History Month Florence
NYU Florence Faculty

A collaboration with Black History Month Florence

Featured Biographies

Ernest Hill

Director and Founding Member of the Soul of Nations Foundation

Ernest Hill s the Director and Founding Member of the Soul of Nations Foundation. Ernest is an avid speaker and writer and has been published by The Huffington Post, Medium, Vogue, and many others. He has been profiled by Politico, The Navajo Times, The Navajo-Hopi Observer, and The Albuquerque Journal and has spoken at events hosted by the U.S. Senate, the  Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Department of State. Ernest is a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and cultural mediator for various international and Tribal governments worldwide. Ernest earned a degree in Finance and Law from Howard University and endeavors to become a civil steward of peace and understanding through his philanthropic practice

The Soul of Nations Foundation (SONF) is a 501(c)3 for-purpose organization that uplifts Black and Indigenous youth and communities through engagement in the arts, encouraging academic excellence, and inspiring business creativity. The Soul of Nations Foundation exists to inspire Indigenous youth to pursue and achieve their goals. We stress the importance of education and provide BIPOC youth with a platform for free expression. Our programs help to foster the next generation of community leaders in the fields of art, business, and public affairs. The Soul of Nations Foundation envisions a world where Black and Indigenous peoples are respected as contemporary societies and are treated equally. Over the past five years, the Soul of Nations Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Department of State, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Senate to facilitate programs for Indigenous and Black artists.