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Voices of Diversity

Progressive Media Project

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $120,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2005–June 30, 2007
  • Location Madison, WI, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The Voices of Diversity project was developed to identify and disseminate editorial commentaries written by people of color that address racism and race relations. Serving a wide cross-section of people and organizations – including racial minorities, regional and national racial justice advocacy groups, daily newspapers and the American public – the project endeavors to see that diverse voices are included in mainstream newspapers. Multiyear funding will enable Voices of Diversity to disseminate 60 commentaries each year on racial justice, which will run in about 250 newspapers; and host an annual capacity-building clinic for Mott Foundation grantees, and others in the field of race relations, to provide skills needed to more effectively communicate and disseminate their messages. Since the project’s inception in 1993, it has sent out more than 1,500 editorial commentaries and more than 100 people – representing dozens of racial justice groups – have attended two dozen clinics to improve their writing skills.