Author: Leon T. Andrews, Jr.

REAL Announces New Partnership with MBK Alliance

Last week, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance at the Obama Foundation launched the MBK Network, a new learning community and support system for MBK leaders that will provide support, resources, and opportunities to build on local success and create lasting change. This week, the National League of Cities (NLC) is excited to announce our partnership

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Racial Equity in America: It’s Not So Black and White

This is a co-authored post by Leon T. Andrews, Jr., director of NLC’s Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative, and Kiara Aponte, NLC’s REAL intern. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest projection, by 2044 people of color will make up more than half of the U.S. population — meaning that in just 30 years non-Hispanic

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Making Sense of Charlottesville Through Local Leadership

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia were another devastating episode of explicit individual racism in America. Thousands of self-proclaimed white nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK members, and their allies showed up

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Webinar: How to Address Racial Inequities in Your City

In response to the tragic events that occurred recently in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, NLC hosted a webinar to help cities deal with the challenges of race and equity in their communities – and commit to solutions. The webinar shares ideas for city responses, highlights what’s working in several cities, and offers tools

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7 Ways City Leaders Can Address Racial Inequities

City leaders must step up to take the lead with their police departments and community members to address racial inequities in their respective cities and towns. The events of this week serve as a horrific reminder of how important it is for cities to acknowledge and take meaningful action on racial injustice. In the days

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Responding with Grace to the President’s Charleston Eulogy

In his first CitiesSpeak blog post, the inaugural Director of NLC’s Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative encourages city leaders to reflect on this past summer’s events and respond with grace to racial tensions in their own communities. The city of Charleston, S.C., where the Mother Emmanuel AME Church is located. (Sean Pavone/Getty Images) We

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