NLC Announces Race Equality Week

By Wright, Gwen; Delchad, Lena | Nation's Cities Weekly, May 30, 2005 | Go to article overview

NLC Announces Race Equality Week


Wright, Gwen, Delchad, Lena, Nation's Cities Weekly


Race Equality Week September 26-30, 2005

The National League of Cities will sponsor the sixth-annual Race Equality Week September 26-30.

Race Equality Week is a week-long series of events to raise awareness of the important role city officials have in improving race relations, achieving racial justice and creating inclusive communities.

This year the week will include a forum on race equality in Washington, D.C., on September 29.

The forum will bring together city officials and other national stakeholders to present ideas for actions and strategies for city officials to strengthen their communities.

"We cannot grow and prosper as cities if we do not make room for everyone at the table. Challenges cannot be solved if we exclude certain groups from working toward solutions," said NLC First Vice President James Hunt, council member from Clarksburg, W.Va. "As city officials, we must take the lead and include all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in moving toward progress."

During Race Equality Week, cities and towns are encouraged to endorse racial equality and promote the importance of racial awareness through activities in their communities.

NLC will highlight the roles and practices of cities in a series of articles in Nation's Cities Weekly, leading up to and continuing through the week.

For the past five years, hundreds of cities across the country have stepped forward as a part of a national effort to improve race relations, address racial justice and create access for equity and opportunity in America's cities.

Cities and towns have issued proclamations, established special task forces, held community meetings and dialogues about racism, conducted training sessions for city employees, established collaborations to support local efforts and organized events to recognize and celebrate differences.

"The week's observances and activities bring together diverse citizens to promote racial harmony and encourage appreciation and respect for our cultural differences," said Race Equality Week Chairperson Mary S. Rich, a council member from Ocala, Fla. …

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