Richmond Resources

The following resources, including training, books, organizations, videos, and articles focus on the issues of race and racism on the Richmond Region and provide an excellent starting place for living the Richmond Pledge to End Racism.

Living the Pledge To End Racism Workshop

Learn how to incorporate the Richmond Pledge into your life and your community by developing confidence in your ability to talk about and challenge racism wherever it is and, then, become involved with others in ending racism.

Richmond-area organizations

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. The Richmond Chapter is active and growing in RVA.

Coming to the Table – Richmond Chapter (Facebook)

Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery. The Richmond Chapter is one of the most active in the country.

Richmond Peace Education Center

Since 1980, the Richmond Peace Education Center has been an unwavering voice for peaceful conflict resolution, social justice, and nonviolent social change in the Richmond, Virginia region. Over the years the center has evolved, developing new programs and areas of focus to meet new concerns.

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Through workshops, retreats, and customized programs that raise knowledge, motivation, and skills, VCIC develops leaders who work together to achieve success throughout the Commonwealth.

Other Richmond resources

Richmond-UnhealedRichmond’s Unhealed History

By Benjamin Campbell

In a detailed look at the history of Richmond, Benjamin Campbell examines the contradictions and crises that have formed the city over more than four centuries. Campbell argues that the community of metropolitan Richmond is engaged in a decisive spiritual battle in the coming decade. He believes the city, more than any in the nation, has the potential for an unprecedented and historic achievement. Its citizens can redeem and fulfill the ideals of their ancestors, proving to the world that race and class can be conquered by the deliberate and prayerful intention of honest and dedicated citizens.

Unhealed History by the Rev. Ben Campbell – Style Weekly Feb 21, 2012 edition, cover story

The Confederate Flag on Interstate 95 in Richmond

A discussion guide developed by Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Redlining Richmond

Redlining RichmondIn the late 1930s the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC), a New Deal agency created to refinance homes and prevent foreclosures, worked with local lenders and realtors to assess neighborhoods using a number of factors ranging from terrain to income levels to the “infiltration of a lower grade population” (by which they meant African Americans, Jews, and immigrants). Using these assessments they assigned a grade for each neighborhood’s “residential security.” This site focuses on the assessment surveys and map produced for Richmond, Virginia. Running throughout the assessment surveys collected by the HOLC is the issue of race, and this site allows you to investigate the centrality of race in the politics and on the landscape of Richmond in the late 1930s. John V. Moeser, senior fellow at the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, brought the HOLC assessment surveys and security map for Richmond to our attention and lent his expertise in the history of twentieth-century Richmond.

Richmond, Race, and Regionalism

Conversations exploring education, housing, transportation and economic development