The Richmond Racial Equity Essays idea was inspired by and modeled after The Just City Essays: 26 Visions of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity, an e-book of 26 Essays edited by Toni L. Griffin, Ariella Cohen and David Maddox and published by J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York, the Nature of Cities and Next City.
Using the Just City Essays as a model, urban planner and consultant Ebony Walden collaborated with Dr. Meghan Gough from VCU's Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and urban farmer and activist Duron Chavis, to create a similar collection of 24 essays along with 7 video interviews and an 8-episode podcast series focused on racial equity In Richmond. We hope to capture voices from all walks of life and sectors in Richmond - from activists to academics, representing the diversity of the Richmond community. The goal is to explore what an equitable Richmond looks like, especially as it relates to racial equity and highlight the strategies that will help us get there. We’d like the ideas from the essays and videos to create a solid framework for advancing racial equity in Richmond, Virginia.
The project will launch on September 15, 2021. Click HERE for background details.
Feel free to join the conversation by reading the essays, watching the videos or listening to the podcast. Hopefully this will just be the beginning of more conversation, collaboration and thought leadership on this important topic. If you would like to support volume 2 of this project, a second season of the video interviews and/or podcast, please contact us.
Our team is small but mighty with a big vision for creating a multimedia conversation in hopes of sparking collaboration, innovation, vision and change.