Racial Justice


Southern Poverty Law Center is nationally known focusing on hate groups. They provide a variety of resources to help those fighting hate, racism and other extremist groups. (Note: this group could also be listed for LGBTQ and Violence as well)

The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama has created the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, two important sites to visit about racial inequality in our country. This link on its website offers thoughts on what people can do to promote racial justice.

The YWCA offers monthly racial justice workshops. All are welcome but are asked to RSVP. Just hit the “Click Here to Sign Up” button to do so in the above link.

The Racial Justice Coalition provides a list of Mutual Aid Resources on this webpage of their website.

Learning for Justice provides classroom materials to deal with a variety of issues for elementary and secondary education. However, many of the materials are suitable for everyone, not just students.

The NC Council of Churches offers a number of resources on this issue in the link noted.

Key Allies

The Racial Justice Coalition of Asheville “seeks to achieve and sustain deep equity by building power to those historically underrepresented, dismantling policies and institutions that uphold racism, and reimagining a community where justice exists for all people.” They are involved in a variety of of actions to build that equity.

Get involved: Go to this link to express your interest in the work of the Coalition. Should you have questions, email info@rjcavl.org.


YWCAis on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community”. Their annual Stand Against Racism at the end of April is a premier event to address this issue.  

Get involved: To learn more about the YWCA’s racial justice work, contact Tre Williams at Racialjustice@ywcaofasheville.org


The Interfaith Initiative for Social Justice, through its Dismantling Racism in Faith Communities work group, created this Action Plan. As noted in the plan, its creation was a result of interviews and conversations with 26 African-Americans or those who worked closely with African-Americans over the years.

Get involved: To learn more or help implement the plan, contact Ron Katz.


WNC Citizens Ending Institutional Bigotry, as its name notes, “works to eliminate prejudice, discrimination, and hate activity throughout western North Carolina, by assisting victims of hate crimes, monitoring the activities of hate groups, ensuring the public is informed about hate activity in the region, and working with regional institutions on diversity issues”.

Get involved:  Monroe Gilmour has been a longstanding advocate and its coordinator and can be reached at (828) 669-6677 or at wncceib@buncombe.main.nc.us