Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 1: Entrepreneurship and Engagement
Ebony Walden, Melody Short, and Adrienne Cole Johnson
Ebony Walden talks with Richmond Night Market and The Artisan Café co-creators Melody Short and Adrienne Cole Johnson about how Richmond can advance racial equity by supporting Black entrepreneurship and improving community engagement.
Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 2: Housing and Community Health
Ebony Walden, Patrice Shelton, and Sherrell Thompson
Patrice Shelton and Sherrell Thompson converse with Ebony about their personal and professional experiences with public housing and as community health workers. From their perspective, racial equity requires better access to health resources and affordable housing for low to moderate income Richmonders.
Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 3: Creating a Thriving Community
Ebony Walden, Greta Harris, and Laura Lafayette
Ebony talks with affordable housing leaders Greta Harris of Better Housing Coalition and Richmond Association of Realtor’s Laura Lafayette, and they cast a vision for removing barriers so that everyone can thrive in Richmond.
Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 4: Equitable Green Spaces
Ebony Walden, Ted Elmore, and Sheri Shannon
The BridgePark Foundation’s Ted Elmore and Southside ReLeaf’s Sheri Shannon discuss barriers and solutions to green space and environmental equity in Richmond.
Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 5: Affordable Housing Policy and Advocacy
Ebony Walden, Stephen Wade, and Laura Wright
From discussing the impacts of redlining to combatting the eviction crisis, affordable housing advocates Stephen Wade of Partnership for Smarter Growth and Virginia Poverty Law Center’s Laura Wright make their case for policy changes and greater resource allocation to move towards housing equity.
Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 6: History and Innovation
Ebony Walden, Free Bangura, and Bill Martin
Historians Free Bangura of Untold RVA and The Valentine’s Bill Martin explore how telling the story of history truthfully can spark innovation and long-term change. For them, advancing equity involves truth telling, knowing our own story, and broadening the voices that highlight our past and shape our future.
Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 7: Disrupting Neighborhood Displacement and the School to Prison Pipeline
Ebony Walden, Latasha James, and Christopher Rashad Green
They met doing neighborhood work, and they want to disrupt the status quo of gentrification and the school to prison pipeline. Northside neighborhood resident Latasha James and community organizer Christopher Rashad Green speak truthfully about where we need to go and what we need to do to re-imagine our community.
Racial Equity in Richmond: Episode 8: Academia, Arts, and Intersectionality
Ebony Walden and Chaz Barracks
Dr. Chaz Barracks speaks with Ebony from multiple perspectives and through many lenses but weaves together a dynamic personal history and professional expertise to craft a vision for a creative, intersectional approach to advancing racial equity in Richmond.
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.
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