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The Richmond Pledge to End Racism monthly newsletter in an effort to help us maintain and build upon our pledge commitments.  While we encourage all of us to stay safer at home, there are still things you can do to help educate yourself and take action towards ending racism while practicing social distancing.

May 2020

Upcoming Events

Coming to the Table 3rd Tuesday Online Gathering

  • Topic: Resilience
  • Date: May 19, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Please join Coming to the Table as they discuss Resilience with their invited speaker, Dr. Faye Belgrave. Dr. Belgrave is a psychologist particularly known for her research conducted for the benefit of African American youth, specifically in the areas of substance abuse and HIV. She is currently a Professor of Psychology and the founding director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention at VCU.  Register online to receive the Zoom link or contact Hayat ( for more information.

Voting Rights: The Struggle Continues!

  • Begins May 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the Living Legacy Project will be offering a monthly online series focused on voting rights. In these sessions, we'll be exploring what we can learn from the Voting Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s and what new challenges we face today in these unprecedented times.

Mark your calendar for this first event, so you don't miss these important conversations! We'll be posting more information on soon. 

Looking ahead....

The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington: A Digital Justice Gathering

  • June 20, 2020

The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington will be the largest digital gathering of poor, dispossessed and impacted people, faith leaders, and people of conscience. A global pandemic is exposing even more the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. On June 20, the 140 million poor and low-income people across this nation will be heard!  Learn more and register your intention to participate!

Stay Informed

Just Mercy takes us inside America’s broken criminal justice system and compels us to confront inequality and injustice. Based on the bestselling book, the Just Mercy movie presents the unforgettable story of Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and the case of Walter McMillian (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx), who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. The major motion picture is now available to rent or buy on digital platforms, including Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Google Play. Watch “a movie that inspires; a story that brings light” during dark times and experience an uplifting true story full of hope that’s needed now more than ever.

"A Wider Lens on the Impact of COVID-19" - an interview with renowned public health scholar and researcher Dr. David Williams. This interview took place last month as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated in the U.S. and the disproportionate tolls on communities of color continued to emerge.  For more than 40 years, Dr. Williams has studied how race, racism, and other forms of discrimination shape individual and community health. In the interview, the Harvard professor assessed the coronavirus crisis, its impact, and the potential for appropriate and healing responses.

Black Lives Matter COVID-19 Response  - "In order to protect ourselves and those we love, we need the government to collect and release demographic data on the coronavirus. Also, the CDC must aggregate and release data to provide the Black community with information and resources targeted to our needs."  Sign the BLM petitions demanding more accountability and action from our government.

Living the Pledge Workshop News

While we do not know exactly when we will be able to resume in-person gatherings, we are holding the following dates for upcoming Living the Pledge Workshops.  We will continue to monitor and update you as the situation develops. 

If you've already participated in a Living the Pledge workshop, please share this information with your friends, family, and co-workers as part of your commitment to living the Pledge.

  • August 8 & 22, 2020 - First Unitarian Universalist, 1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond
  • October 10 & 24, 2020 - First Unitarian Universalist, 1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond
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