Terry Keleher

Terry Keleher Terry is the Director of the Midwest Office of the Applied Research Center and Program Director of the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network. He provides racial justice training, consulting and presentations to organizations around the country. He has over twenty-five years of experience in community organizing, leadership development, curriculum design, popular education, research and strategic coaching. He coordinated the national ERASE Initiative (Expose Racism and Advance School Excellence) and has authored several reports on race and equity issues, including Facing the Consequences: An Examination of Racial Discrimination in U.S. Public Schools, and Justice by the People: Community Safety and Police Accountability. He is a member of the Illinois Editorial Forum and has served on the Readers Bureau of the Chicago Reporter. He is also a contributing writer to R

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

by Terry Keleher on Dec 23, 2011 9:12AM

Dear President Obama, I'm no longer expecting miracles. And I know it's gonna take a whole movement to raise some real hope and change. But in the spirit of the season, I'm just making my wishes clear.

Topics: Politics

5 Ways to Face Race at the Thanksgiving Table--and Not Choke

by Terry Keleher on Nov 23, 2011 9:11AM

That awkward moment when your uncle pipes up with a racist rant at holiday dinner doesn't have to be so hard. Here's how to take control of the conversation and make it productive, without ruining everybody's appetite.


A Letter to My Son on Coping With Mass Violence

by Terry Keleher on Sep 9, 2011 10:09AM

As you grow older, you'll have many opportunities to make positive change. What values will you put into practice? Answering this question may be the best way to honor those whose lives were so tragically cut short.

Topics: Coping With Terror, 9/11 Anniv.

'Reverse Racism': A Sad Misnomer for a Tragic Mississippi Murder

by Terry Keleher on Aug 16, 2011 9:08AM

The family of a white teen charged in a horrific anti-black murder says he is the victim of "reverse racism." Sadly, we must again point out that power, more than prejudice, is the foundation of racism. Terry Keleher breaks it down.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Give Peace a Chance: How To Fight Terrorism in the Post-Bin Laden Era

by Terry Keleher on May 4, 2011 2:05PM

It's time to stop using violence as a tool for peace.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden, National Security

Readers Sound Off On Race-Conscious Parenting and Adoption

by Terry Keleher on Jan 10, 2011 8:01AM

Terry Keleher's essay on raising a black son as a white dad in a "post-race" world stirred intense emotions. He highlights the discussion and adds more thoughts.


White Dad, Black Son and Raising Kids in a "Colorblind" World

by Terry Keleher on Dec 22, 2010 9:12AM

Teaching how to create a more just world is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.


Four Tips and Resources for "Post-Race" Parenting

by Terry Keleher on Dec 22, 2010 9:12AM

Terry Keleher shares his experiences as both parent and racial justice educator.


Start a Conversation That Says No to Racial Profiling

by Terry Keleher on Mar 1, 2010 11:03AM

RaceWire's parent company, the Applied Research Center, partnered with the Rights Working Group in the production o


White Folks Step Up to Fight Racism With “US for All of Us”

by Terry Keleher on Jan 21, 2010 12:01PM

Over the past several months, a number of white anti-racist activists have been connecting and organizing in new ways to step up their response to heightened racism in the current political context