Racial Equity

The National Civic League is among the partners for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Enterprise. NCL has contributed to the TRHT implementation guide through committee work and promotes the foundation’s work with materials and information to communities that NCL reaches through conferences, webinar and the National Civic Review.


The 2018 spotlight for the All-America City Award are efforts focused on inclusive engagement practices that promote equity and bring all voices to the table to help solve our country’s most pressing and complex issues. With this spotlight NCL hopes to learn more about the inclusive decision-making processes that communities use to solve complex problems and move toward more equitable communities.

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (more commonly known as the Kerner Commission). The report, published in 1968, concluded with words that fit easily within our own times, “it is time to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens – urban and rural, white, black, Spanish surname, American Indians, and every minority group.”

With this framing in mind, NCL is particularly interested in learning about your projects that:

  • promote positive community-police relations,
  • promote racial healing and dialogues on race,
  • expand government and institutional representation and access,
  • further educational equity in the community,
  • create affordable and safe housing,
  • reduce poverty,
  • increase job readiness and employment,
  • focus on restorative justice,
  • seek equitable transportation access,
  • promote or ensure access to healthy food and/or to safe and healthy natural environments.

For more information about the 2018 All-America City program and the awards event, click here.


National Civic League is hosting a series of "All-America Cities Promising Practices" webinars to share innovative and impactful AAC projects nationwide. These webinars are free, and we invite anyone who is interested to join in - not just our AAC communities.

This series will also highlight successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. By equipping individuals, institutions, and local governmental bodies through this series with ideas, models and insights that can be adopted/adapted to individual communities NCL hopes to accelerate the pace of change in communities across the country.

Join National Civic League on Tuesday April 25th 12:30pm PST / 1:30pm MST / 2:30pm CST / 3:30pm EST to learn from All-America City winner Columbia Heights, Minnesota and from Sean Smoot, a 21st Century Policing Consultant, on community policing strategies. Also, learn about the newly released 2018 All-America City application with a spotlight on promoting equity through inclusive civic engagement.

Click here to learn more and to register.

National Civic Review Articles

The National Civic League regularly publishes articles that focus on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. The following articles focus on racial equity: