Living the Pledge to End Racism

black and white letters, "pledge to end racism" with a red "x" in a box next to the word "pledge."

This program, originally developed in Richmond, Virginia by the First Unitarian Univeralist Church and their community partners, has now gone national. It centers around a personal pledge that participants make to do their part in the collective effort to end racism. The Living the Pledge workshops offer participants—BIPOC and white people alike—the tools to confront racism, wherever it lives.

Participating individuals, and the congregation as a whole, are invited to adopt The Pledge to End Racism. The workshops focus on living out that commitment. Facilitators of the workshops should be experienced in leading anti-racism programs. The program involves 12 hours of learning that can be divided into two, three, or six sessions. Sessions can take place online or in-person, and can be delivered at a single retreat or over the course of months. The ideal group size is at least ten participants.