Boston among 15 cities selected for national racial equity initiative

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Boston is one of 15 cities from across the nation that will participate in the National League of Cities’ new 18-month program to implement and strengthen efforts to advance racial equity.
The “National Municipal Learning Community for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation” will bring together diverse teams from all 15 cities, including elected officials and city staff, along with national experts to develop community practices, engage regional cities in advancing racial equity, and build leadership to support the capacity of participating cities to undertake broad structural change, according to the NLC.
“When we created REAL (the Race, Equity And Leadership initiative) two years ago, our goal was to take action to help city leaders eliminate racial disparities, heal racial tensions, and build more equitable communities,” said NLC Executive Director and CEO Clarence Anthony.
He added that the 15 cities “are committed to undoing racism in their communities and taking action to build a just and equitable future.”
Joining Boston in the program are Gadsden, Alabama; Long Beach, California; Stockton, California; Gary, Indiana; Wichita, Kansas; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Rochester, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; State College, Pennsylvania; and Tacoma, Washington.