For the next 6 weeks, Women & Politics is on a break and sharing our platform with Ebony Guy and her Racial Essays podcasts and interview series. You can find them at: https://richmondracialequityessays.com/podcast
In this podcast, urban planner and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Ebony Walden talks with 15 Richmonders from all walks of life and sectors to explore their visions for an equitable Richmond, especially as it relates to racial equity, and the strategies that will help us get there. We hope this can be a model for discussion in other U.S. cities.
Today we listen to Episode 6: Historians Free Bangura of Untold RVA and The Valentine’s Bill Martin, share their vision for how telling the story of history truthfully can spark innovation and long-term change. Advancing equity includes truth-telling, knowing our own story and broadening the voices that highlight our past and shape our future.
The Second half of the show Activist and urban farmer Duron Chavis chats with Kim Young, Director of Family & Community Engagement of Peter Paul Development Center, on increasing the visibility, eliminating barriers to the dreams and aspirations of, and creating pathways of opportunity for Black youth.
Ebony Walden is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Ebony Walden Consulting (EWC), an urban strategy firm based in Richmond, Virginia. At EWC, she works with a wide range of organizations to design and facilitate meetings, training, strategic plans, and community engagement processes that explore race, equity, and the creation of more just and inclusive communities. Before founding EWC, Ebony worked in local government and for non-profit organizations dedicated to citywide and neighborhood-level revitalization. Currently, Ebony is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the City. Ebony’s work has been featured in The Hill, Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Nature of Cities. She holds a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Inspired by The Just City Essays, Ebony Walden conceived the idea of an essay collection focused on Richmond (The Richmond Racial Equity Essays) in hopes of bringing together thought leadership and practice to advance racial equity in the region.
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