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Our ongoing commitment to racial justice

In the aftermath of the murders of Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we have heard a renewed and urgent call for racial justice. This is a long-overdue reckoning with the racist systems that underlie our culture – in the US, and around the world.

At Spirit in Action, we feel deeply that Black Lives Matter.

We are reflecting, learning, and acting to embody a world where Black people experience abundant life, and where Black communities are strong and free.

In our deepening commitment to social justice, anti-racism, and anti-colonialism, Spirit in Action is reflecting on our responsibility to:

  • Integrate SIA’s African Advisory Board into our grant decision-making

  • Support community-led African organizations and African leadership

  • Update our grant systems – including applications and reporting – to move further away from paternalistic practices

  • Examine our Board member demographics and understand our whiteness and privilege

  • Elevate African voices, and centering their experiences, words, and priorities

  • Always, always listening, growing, learning


There are so many resources for our personal and collective learning right now, and I want to highlight three recommendations:

  1. “What I need from white people right now” By Adele Halliday, United Church of Canada’s General Council Office. (She calls on white people to Pray.Preach.Protest)

  2. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” By Peggy McIntosh, PhD

  3. “Ibram X. Kendion How to Be an Antiracist” on Unlocking Us with Brene Brown [Podcast]

Ruthia Fuvu and her daughters at their home in Manyamula, Malawi.

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