After a day of workshops, I ended up at a reception being hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
It was pretty lively.
i spotted an empty chair at a table with the only two white women in the room.
I grabbed a seat and struck up a conversation.
Both women work for non-profits. They were at the NABJ conference scouting talent for fellowship opportunities.
"So how does it feel to be the only white people here?" I asked.
After the women finished laughing, one of them told me that when she told a relative she was going to a National Association of Black Journalist convention he asked: "So why are you going?.
There was an awkward moment when she walked into the sea of black faces. She realized then how black people must feel on a regular basis, she said.
The other woman went to NPR's Farai Chideya's 6:30 a.m. work-out session and she was the only white woman there.
"Actually, everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome," she said. "They kept asking me if I was O.K."
Both women agreed the experience had taught them something about race-relations.
"Every white person ought to experience being the only one in the room," one of the women said.