A hand holding up scales. Above it, "Acton-Boxborough", and below, Racial Justice Collaborative.

Racial Justice

A hand holding up scales. Above it, "Acton-Boxborough", and below, Racial Justice Collaborative.

Acton Boxborough Racial Justice Collaborative

The AB Racial Justice Collaborative is composed of more than 30 local community groups that are engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, and  gathers quarterly. Our goal is to learn, increase collaboration among and between our organizations, amplify our DEI work across our community, and avoid duplication of efforts and resources. 

We know that each member of our community plays a role in advancing DEI and racial justice. Together, we must commit to this effort wholeheartedly. If your organization is active in Acton or Boxborough and engaged in DEI work, please reach out via info@abuw.org.

Addressing Racial Justice Locally

Videos and Past Events

The Experiences of Acton Chinese Residents (15 min)– Acton Chinese Civic Society & Acton Historical Society

Racial Justice and Reckoning: A Proactive Conversation with the Acton-Boxborough Police Chiefs. Organized by Racial Justice for Black Lives in collaboration with Na'aseh

Confronting the History of Housing Discrimination - 2 Part Workshop Sponsored by Na’aseh 

Acton-Boxborough United Way Panel Discussion on Why Racial Justice is Important to our Organization and Community ["Wide Field" Acton TV 11-6-20] - 1 hour

Acton TV CQC Special Edition: Black Lives Matter.   2nd interview (4:15-33:53)  is with the same group of youth and Vivian Birchall as above but sharing different experiences.

Public Forum on BLM, Racial Justice, and Diversity- Co-organized by Acton Chinese American Civic Society (ACACS)and Acton Town Hall - Jul 15 and 29, 2020.  Session One and Session Two.  Both presentations here.

AB Regional School District Community Conversation - Jan 30, 2020 - A community conversation in the high school auditorium in response to an incident at Merriam School, resulting in the arrest of a Black parent. 

Talking with Your Kids

Acton's Discovery Museum Speaker Series Talking to Kids about Race and Racism: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, moderated by WBUR's Tiziana Dearing. Recorded Jan. 27, 2021. (1 hour, 24 minutes)

AB School webinar recording: Talking with Your Children About Race (Preschool-Grade 5) Video

AB School webinar recording: Talking with Your Tweens and Teens About Race (Grades 6-12)


Acton DEI Commission Survey Results and Final Report

Foundation for MetroWest's Racial Equity Indicators - Examines a wide range of indicators that highlight racial and ethnic disparities in Boston's MetroWest, breaking many out into town-by-town data including Acton and Boxborough.

Acton's Early Black Residents [Acton Historical Society]

Local Committees/Groups/Organizations

Acton's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Commission 

Boxborough's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

Racial Justice for Black Lives - Acton-based Facebook group, 2000+ community members strong

Fostering Racial Justice Group - Boxborough-based group formed in 2015, hosts an active book club

AB Students for Equity and Justice 

AB Schools' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

AB Regional High School ECARES (Educators Committed to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice)

Coalition for Anti-Racism, Equity & Justice in Eduction (regional)


Don't Ask Me Where I'm From 

by Jennifer De Leon

A novel about a METCO student, set in a fictional suburb west of Boston.

Surviving the White Gaze

by Rebecca Carroll

A memoir about growing up Black in New Hampshire.

How to Be an Antiracist 

 by Ibram X. Kendi 

Read by A-B United Way board and staff, as well as staff at AB Schools. 

The Sum of Us

by Heather McGhee

A-B United Way board and staff are currently reading this book.

Waking Up White

by Debby Irving 

The website also includes 21-Day Challenges for Habit Building on a number of topics including Racial Equity & Activism Self-Care


Additional Resources