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Dr. David Billings in Kent County, MD/credit Dan Davilio


  • What is the People's Institute for Survival And Beyond?
    The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond ( is a national, non-profit organization that sponsors workshops entitled "Undoing Racism/Community Organizing" that prepare individuals, groups, and institutions to be more effective organizers for racial justice. The People's Institute's work is based on the belief that the nation changes when organizing stems from an understanding of racism, what it is, and how it functions.
  • How did David begin this work and why?
    Beginning in1962, after the murder of my uncle in McComb, MS, and after a visit from the Ku Klux Klan who asked my father and uncles "What sort of vengeance do you want?" I heard my uncle answer, "We don't want you to do anything. We're not that kind of family." This encounter began my life-long determination to understand racism and what to do about it.
  • How do I book David or PISAB for speaking engagements?
    To specifically book David for an interview or speaking engagement, contact him directly at To request or sign up for an Undoing Racism workshop, please reach out to: PISAB National: Shani Hunter - 504-301-9292; Northeast PL: Shadia ALvarez - 646-342-9118; Northwest PI: Debbie Greene, 206-938-1023; North PI: Twin Cities: Sandra Richardson
  • How do I become involved?
    Contact the National People's Institute office at 504-301-9292 or Within specific regions please contact the following: North East Region, (NYC) contact Shadia Alvarez,; Northwest Region, (Seattle,WA) contact Debbie Green/Erin Bryant, North Region, contact The Twin Cities) Sandra Richardson, or contact David directly at
  • Where is the People's Institute located?
    The People's Institute National Office is located in New Orleans, LA. You can reach us at 504-301-9292. or
  • How can I get a copy of the book "Deep Denial"?"
    The 2016 book Deep Denial is part popular history and part personal memoir, which documents the 400-year racialization of the United States. It can be purchased by visiting
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