The following resources 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. And of course, a great place to start is with our Living the Pledge to End Racism Workshop.
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 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.
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.
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.
Books, Articles, & Guides
By Rev. 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.
An overview by the Rev. Ben Campbell of some of the issues he explores in his book of the same name. Style Weekly Feb 21, 2012 edition, cover story
People are likely to grapple with the meaning of the Confederate flag for years to come; indeed, it has been a source of controversy dating back generations. The flag’s presence on Interstate 95 in 2013 offers a new opportunity for residents of the Richmond region (and beyond) to work across lines of difference to increase understanding and respect. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities offers this guide as a resource to engage in important and potentially challenging dialogues regarding this topic. They invite schools, houses of worship, workplaces, and families to explore the questions of history, identity, and community that are connected to the Confederate flag. It is our hope that the heightened awareness that results can move the region ever closer to a more inclusive community.
In 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.
Conversations exploring education, housing, transportation, and economic development in the context of race and regionalism in the Richmond region. Presented by the Richmond Peace Education Center.