NLC publishes race relations guide for local officials
The National League of Cities has published a new resource to help local elected officials overcome racial divisions that exist in many cities and towns. “Governing Diverse Communities: A Focus on Race and Ethnic Relations” uses profiles of local initiatives and essays by municipal leaders to illustrate approaches to race-based problems.
Four themes frame the discussion in the 140-page guide. Officials are encouraged to:
* develop leadership skills that will enable them to bridge racial divides; * initiate open and honest dialogues about race and racism; * collaborate with diverse constituencies when developing problem-solving strategies; and * affirm the role of City Hall in overcoming barriers and creating a diverse municipal workforce.
The book contains a dozen introductory essays by prominent local elected officials and scholars, and 22 case studies showing how cities are confronting racial division. Contributing authors offer recommendations for convening a task force, identifying necessary resources and support, establishing ground rules, and analyzing and understanding potential solutions.
Copies may be ordered from the NLC Publications Center, P.O. Box 491, Annapolis Junction MD 20701; telephone (888) 571-2939 or (301) 725-4299. The price is $20 for NLC members or $30 for others, plus $4 for shipping and handling.