Coming Together Project Seeks to Improve Race Relations Nationwide. (Cities Promoting Racial Equality)
Wright, Gwen, Nation's Cities Weekly
The National League of Cities (NLC) remains committed to helping local elected officials reduce racial and ethnic tensions. By providing resources, to include, research, publications, and seminars; NLC seeks to strengthen the capacity of local officials on key issues. In this series of articles leading up to Race Equality Week September 23-29, cities will be given an opportunity to share their accomplishments and ongoing efforts to reduce racism and achieve racial justice in their cities.
Community efforts to highlight diversity and enhance racial relations in Akron, Ohio, have grown into a national organization with a role in race relations across the country,
Coming Together USA, previously known as the Coming Together Project, is a diverse community based organization dedicated to the principles that every individual has equal worth, that promoting an appreciation for diversity will build a strong sense of community and, that bringing people together through creative innovative mechanisms will ensure racial harmony and cultural awareness.
Coming Together grew out of a year-long, in-depth series on race relations published by the Akron Beacon Journal in 1993. It was a grim retelling of the disparity of opportunity and treatment between blacks and whites in housing, employment, the criminal justice system and education. The stories clearly showed that our community had not continued to progress toward equality and the development of personal relationships in the 30 years since Martin Luther King Jr. led the civil rights movement.
Before the final stories were printed, dozens of organizations came forward in response to a call from the newspaper. They wanted to find ways to bridge the differences between the races. When the newspaper completed the series, Coming Together had more than 60 civic, social, religious and educational organizations on beard. In 1995, Coming Together was chartered as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation. Today, approximately 215 organizations and 35 individuals representing business, civic, social, religions and educational institutions belong to the Coming Together Project. …