For those of you who, like me, are staying away from in-person protests due to being immune compromised, or are worried about contracting the coronavirus but want to make a difference, consider joining one or more of the organizations listed below or donating funds and/or your energies to help promote their missions. This is a partial list of organizations that are working to erase racism, from a list compiled by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
These organizations are working within the field of racial equity on a variety of issues and topics. They range from grassroots organizations, to academic institutions, to national advocacy organizations and more. You can click on the links to learn more about each organization.
And if you know of others that I’ve missed, please send them to me for inclusion in a future newsletter.
The Advancement Project is a policy, communications and legal action group committed to racial justice.
For more than 100 years ADL has been a force for change, and a shield against hate and extremism. The organization is one of the foremost experts in the study of extremism, a worldwide leader in anti-bias education, a leader in fighting hate online, and a relentless advocate for vulnerable communities of all kinds.
ColorofChange.org’s goal is to empower members – Black Americans and allies – to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone.
Founded in 2006, Coming to the Table aims to promote racial healing through leadership, resources and support services. The organization envisions a United States society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from past and present racial wounds caused by slavery.
The Diversity Data project identifies metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups.
Hispanics in Philanthropy’s mission is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector; increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy; and fostering policy change to enhance equity and inclusiveness.
Initiatives of Changes (IofC) is an international network of people of all faiths and backgrounds working for reconciliation, justice, and the healing of history starting with change in their own lives.
The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.
The central mission of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is to contribute meaningfully to the field of research and scholarship on race, ethnicity and social justice, to assist in reframing the way that we talk about and act on race and ethnicity and to deepen our understanding of the causes and consequences of and solutions to racial and ethnic hierarchy and disparity.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
National CARES Mentoring Movement is dedicated to recruiting and connecting mentors with local youth-serving and mentoring organizations to help guide struggling Black children to academic and social success, and to closing the huge gap between the relatively few Black mentors and millions of our vulnerable children.
Established in 1910, the Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.
The mission of the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) is to develop the next generation of leaders by recording, preserving and sharing the stories of extraordinary African American elders.
The National Voices Project is an effort designed to determine the sources of racial disparities, how to address them and provoke dialogue about children’s well-being.
Race Forward (formerly The Applied Research Center (ARC)) believes that pressing political conflicts demand a serious treatment of racial equity that addresses both a history of injustice and contemporary problems.
The Race Matters Institute helps organizations develop policies, programs, practices, and protocols that achieve more equitable outcomes for all children, families, and communities.
The beginnings of the SCLC can be traced back to the 1955-1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott. SCLC is a now a nationwide organization made up of chapters and affiliates with programs that seek to affect the lives of all Americans: north, south, east and west.