Working together to create racial equity…

To advance racial justice in Central Virginia by inspiring action and social change through education, engagement and advocacy.

About Us

Our Background

In 2007, City Manager Kim Payne and Mayor Joan Foster proposed that the community engage in a discussion on racial issues in the Lynchburg community. The proposal was not driven by just one incident but by an understanding that Lynchburg is a changing community and that issues of diversity are becoming increasingly important in a number of areas including public safety, housing, and employment. Conversations with other community leaders helped to convince us that the time was ripe for such a discussion. The goal is to have discussions that are open, honest, inclusive and sustainable. Research and discussion with community stakeholders resulted in a consensus to utilize the Study Circles model for The Lynchburg Community Dialogue on Race and Racism.


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