Let's start creating the community we want. Together.

Racial Equity Rowan was established in 2019 using the Racial Equity Institute (REI) as our workshop presenter. In our own community, we recognize that racism is a fierce, ever-present force that has structured the behavior and actions of our institutions and people for centuries, negatively impacting health, social, educational, and criminal justice outcomes. We formed RE Rowan to support the good work already going on in Rowan County around racial equity and create a platform for further anti-racism work to thrive.

Our goal is to welcome the community into a safe place for tough conversation around the issue of race, carefully exploring its history and impact. We’re now partnered with Deconstructing Racism from Charlotte to bring their two-day workshops to Hood Seminary, each led by highly skilled and carefully trained facilitators. After each workshop, follow-up conversations will help participants process, wrestle with, and, if so moved, integrate what they have learned.

Want to learn more or register for an upcoming workshop? This website is the best place to start. 

Deconstructing Racism

Deconstructing Racism is a Charlotte-based group that seeks to empower communities as they address systemic issues of inequality based on race. Their model is rooted in workshops designed to address the historical nature of racism and its current vestiges.

Racial Equity Rowan Advisory Team

Our Advisory Team is comprised of Rowan County leaders, who are dedicated to actively deconstructing racism in our community.

Angela Alford

Director of Equity and Inclusion, Rowan Salisbury Schools

The Rev. Dr.
Robert Black

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Salisbury

Mark Ritchie

Spiritual Director, Consultant to
Non-Profit Organizations

The Rev. Dr.
Vergel Lattimore

President, Hood Theological Seminary
(AME Zion Church)

The Rev. Lara Musser Gritter

Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury

Jim Greene, Jr

Salisbury City Manager

Ed Norvell

Lawyer, Philanthropist, Community Organizer

Lane Bailey

Retired Salisbury City Manager, Community Organizer