We Shall Overcome — Using Human Rights to Achieve Racial Justice
  • Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation. Cherrie Moraga

  • We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. Rigoberta Menchú

  • The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. Milan Kundera

  • I remember the barbed wire and the guard towers and the machine guns, but they became part of my normal landscape.

    George Takei, raised in a Japanese internment camp.
    Ansel Adams, portrait of Tom Kobayashi at Manzanar

  • What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode? Langston Hughes

  • The fight was never about grapes or lettuce. It was always about people. César Chávez

This website is a free online resource for those seeking to use human rights to achieve racial justice.

The catalyst for this website was Using Human Rights to Achieve Racial Justice: We Shall Overcome, a convening in November 2011 sponsored by the U.S. Human Rights Fund (USHRF), a project of Public Interest Projects. The meeting took place in Philadelphia and brought together advocates, funders, artists, and journalists from across the United States for a discussion of how to use human rights principles, strategies, and mechanisms to further racial justice.

The Racial Justice site is a result of the energy, conversations, insights, and models explored in the conference. It provides results-driven suggestions for applying human rights values, standards, and strategies to racial justice issues.

Select the images below or use the main menu to navigate the site and learn more.