At Metro United Way, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable society that stands firmly against racism in all its forms. We are dedicated to dismantling systemic racism and promoting social justice. We educate, advocate, and support affected communities, including Greater Louisville, to create a more just and equitable society. Below you will find resources that help educate, raise awareness, advocate for change and foster dialogue that contributes to a more just and equitable world, free from racism and discrimination. Join us in our commitment to build a better future for all.
How we do this is a work in progress and evolving every day.
Racial Wealth Gap SimulationLearn More
Beyond Buzzwords: Speaker Series on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Designed to provide thoughtful and meaningful discussions about important topics that promote thinking as well as personal and institutional application.Learn More
Black L.O.V.E. Philanthropic PartnershipLearn More
Fund Black Founders
An innovative approach to creating pathways of poverty to prosperity by investing in Black entrepreneurs with financial and social capital.Learn More
MUW AdvocacyLearn More
Transforming neighborhoods from the inside outLearn More
Internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
See how Metro United Way is walking the walk through our internal-focused equity work.Learn More
Metro United Way’s diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, programs, trainings, and more including Black Male Achievement, Racial Wealth Gap Simulations, and our Diversity Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series.
More books to read:
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 37 Kids Books To Aid Talks On Race And Racism
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
- The Brown Bookshelf
- White Like Me by Tim Wise
- Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
Resources for Families:
- PBS—Let’s Talk: How to Talk to Kids about Race, How to Help Kids Navigate Difficult Times, 5 Engaging Questions to Discover Your Child’s Thinking, Daniel Tiger’s Life’s Little Lessons, Alike & Different; Sesame Street’s Resources for staying healthy and building resilience, and Worry and Anxiety
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- NPR—Talking Race with Young Children
- CNN—How to talk to your children about protests and racism
- Raising Equity
- Common Sense Media—Books with Characters of Color, Black History Movies that Tackle Racism, and Movies that Inspire Kids to Change the World
- Learning to Give’s Justice-Related Service-Learning Toolkit for different grade-levels
- An online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being anti-racist.
- How white parents can talk to their kids about race. – HuffPost
Resources for Educators, Students and Writers:
- How to Provide a Multicultural Education
- Guidance for Reporting and Writing About Racism – Syracuse University
- Five Activities to Promote Diversity in the Classroom – Purdue Global
History of Why Black Lives Haven't Mattered, by Sheena Wright of United Way of NYC
Define ourselves by our aspirations, not our challenges: Next Narrative for Black America
Donate to the Louisville bail project
Support Black-owned restaurants and other Black-owned businesses in Louisville.
Check-in with your Black friends (with something more thoughtful than just “how are you?”)
Have conversations that are difficult. It’s ok to be uncomfortable.