Community EngagementRacial Equity

Change happens at the pace of the people

picture of two children - one black and one white - posing for a picture. Racial inequities is at the forefront of many conversations in New Orleans

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New Orleans is known as the soul of America. But like many iconic American communities, the city faces the racial inequities at the forefront of every conversation now. As W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) grantees and partners in New Orleans know, the challenges they create for children and families are immense and continuous.

WKKF has been learning about those challenges alongside community leaders in New Orleans for a very long time. They affirm that the racial inequities we’re witnessing today aren’t anything new for Black and Brown people. In New Orleans – and in all of the places where we work intensively – inequities are anchored in systems designed to make it more difficult for some to thrive more than others. And they are systems hundreds of years in the making.

So change won’t happen overnight – in New Orleans or anywhere. But they say that a long-term vision and partnership, the kind they’ve had with WKKF, steadily builds community will for change. Watch the video as they describe that process.

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