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The Richmond Pledge to End Racism monthly newsletter is an effort to help us maintain and build upon our pledge commitments.  We hope this newsletter is helpful, but know you can always update your subscription preferences.

Richmond City Residents!

The City of Richmond has created an Equity Agenda, crafted from lessons learned over four years of policymaking and community engagement, which outlines priorities for the next four years and beyond. But before they introduce it to Richmond City Council as a resolution, they are asking for public feedback.  Visit the site with your anti-racism lens and leave your comments on what you think is still missing as well as read and amplify the comments of others.

March 2021


Accelerating Justice Series: When Justice is Not Equal

Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:00 pm EST

Last year's nationwide protests erupted from a long, intertwined history of race and the criminal justice system that is rooted in slavery, segregation and racist violence.  In partnership with AMP, the Center for Common Ground continues the "Accelerating Justice" webinar series because of wide concern for communities of color that have suffered civic disenfranchisement, trauma, and lost economic opportunities.  Join them as they delve into the community dimensions of criminal justice system impacts and how to take action. RSVP here.

#SayHerName: Womanist Theology, Activism, and Movement Making

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:00 pm EST

March 13 marks one year since 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was killed in Louisville, KY, and her story continues. Black women and girls face compounding assaults from police and violent attackers as young as 7 and as elder as 93. We are reminded that when terror strikes Black families it is often Black women who are left to deal with the scars.  What shall womanist theology say to these things? During this women’s herstory month, tune in to this "Just Talk / Talk Just" series webinar from Union Presbyterian Seminary to hear the voices of womanist theologians engage #sayhername, activism, and movement making. Free, but registration required by March 16 @ 5 PM ET.

JSTOR & Schomburg Center Open Library

Responding to the needs of scholars and students around the world, JSTOR has collaborated with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to create an open library of content related to their Black Liberation Reading List.  This resource is organized by text and includes articles related to many significant writers across many genres.  This special open library will be available to all without a subscription through December 31, 2021, so please share this list with any readers you know!

Podcasts & Articles

Confronting the Legacy of Robert E. Lee | The Atlantic

The Confederate States seceded from the United States over slavery. But the “lost cause” myth—the idea that the Civil War was not about slavery but about northern aggression—still has a hold on countless Americans. This episode of The Experiment explores what it will take to overcome one of the oldest disinformation campaigns in American History.  Listen now.

Designers, In Living Color | Style Weekly

Dictionaries define the verb design this way: to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan. But really, the best design defines itself.  It exists as an art form that imbues beauty into utility, style into function. A growing consortium of Black designers – including graphic artists, furniture creators and interior space makers – now lend their singular talents to the Richmond region, redefining design on their own terms and ushering in a new school of Black creatives. Featured here are designers – young and young at heart, gifted and Black – examining the evolving creative strategies they use to make their mark in white-dominated fields.  Continue Reading...

Black Space Matters | VCU Institute of Contemporary Art

In this five-episode series, urban farmer and community activist Duron Chavis talks with stakeholders in the Richmond area that engage in food justice, environmental racism, Black space, and various modes of creativity, care, and healing.

Living the Pledge Workshop Update

Our first Pledge workshop of the new year finishes up this month.  We are excited to report once again that demand met capacity and we hope to announce soon when the next workshop will be offered.  We plan to offer a small group facilitator training in the near future as well.  

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