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Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South: A Community Philanthropy Strategy

Jan 1, 2013

Championing community philanthropy as an approach to social change, in 2010 the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy expanded its "Scholars in Residence" program with a new category of "Race and Equity" scholars designed to explore the connections between racism, systems inequity and community philanthropy.


This compendium reflects the work of scholars from 2010-2012. Each of the five essays represents one scholar's unique view of philanthropy as an approach to race reconciliation and social justice as expressed in addressing the topic, "Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South: A Community Philanthropy Strategy." While each essay describes a unique set of experiences, a recurring theme is the importance of recognizing that the pain and damage inflicted by racism and systems inequity affects the community at large. Effective solutions can therefore only come when communities unite to do the hard work of building mutual trust and respect.