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Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) Archive

NLC’s Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) initiative serves to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions, and build more equitable communities. Through training and online resources, REAL helps NLC members build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically and physically.

Leadership for Racial Equity

Advancing racial equity in local government increases the prosperity, health, and safety of the entire community. REAL is working with cities, state leagues, and partner organizations to train and support city leaders to apply a racial equity lens to policies, practices, and budget decisions that advance equity in practical, tangible ways. 

Boys and Men of Color

City leaders can help make their communities more prosperous and secure for everyone by changing policies and systems to improve outcomes for boys and men of color (BMoC). REAL provides training, technical assistance, and networks for sharing knowledge among local elected leaders to align local efforts to improve outcomes related to health, education, and employment.

Community Conversations on Race

Gathering diverse stakeholders for community conversations is an important strategy for healing racial divides and building trust among different racial and ethnic groups, law enforcement, and local elected officials. NLC offers city leaders resources and materials to help kick off, prepare for, and facilitate these conversations.

REAL TALK—From Ferguson to Charlottesville and Beyond

On August 14, 2019, NLC hosted a dynamic discussion about current local initiatives to address racial tensions and promote healing five years after Ferguson.
Undoing Racism in America's Cities is a discussion with city leaders and other experts on local efforts to respond to the national crises that have elevated issues of race, racism, racial healing and racial equity.
Leon T. Andrews, Jr. - Director, National League of Cities (NLC) “Cities Leaders United to Promote Black Male Achievement”

Conference - Youth of Color Matter: Reducing Inequalities Through Positive Youth Development