Many people speak these days of a racial reckoning. But a true reckoning requires a willingness to shake up the status quo. This year, both NPQ—in partnership with Prosperity Nowand Shelterforce each published multi-part article series on how to close the racial wealth gap. Here we bring writers from both series to address the question: What must be done?

This 90-minute in-depth webinar, jointly organized by NPQ and Shelterforce, brings together four field leaders to discuss central questions regarding economic justice, racial justice, and strategic approaches to closing the wealth gap. Our panelists are:

Gary Cunningham, CEO of Prosperity Now, a national racial and economic justice nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. Prosperity Now is invested in transforming our economy to work for everyone.

Jeremie Greer, co-founder and co-executive director of Liberation in a Generation, an organization incubated by PolicyLink, which is building the power of people of color to totally transform the economy.

john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute and professor of law, African American, and ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anne Price, president of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, which strives to shift power and agency in economic policy by centering those closest to the problems in developing solutions.

This webinar will explore:

  • What are the leading conventional approaches for addressing the racial wealth gap? Why do they fall short?
  • What are ways in which wealth continues to be extracted from communities of color, further deepening the racial wealth divide?
  • How do rising student and medical debt impact the racial wealth gap?
  • How does the tax system affect the racial wealth gap?
  • What is “targeted universalism”? How does it build on—and differ from—an equity approach?
  • What would a “targeted universalist” approach to addressing the racial wealth gap look like?
  • Does reducing the homeownership gap close the racial wealth gap? Why or why not?
  • What are we learning in the field—from community development leaders and others—of how to build wealth in low-income and BIPOC communities?
  • What is the role of reparations in addressing the racial wealth gap and setting the groundwork for a more just economy?

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

Register to learn how nonprofits and movement activists are advancing strategies to address the economic and social inequalities of our time!

The moderators for this webinar are NPQ senior editor of economic justice Steve Dubb and Shelterforce editor in chief Miriam Axel-Lute. Miriam has been an analyst of housing justice and community development issues for over 20 years. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades and has been both a student and practitioner in the field of community economic development.

You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.

May 5th
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Online Event