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National Organization of Minority Architects redefines mission – Archpaper.com

Yesterday, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) announced a redefined mission amid nationwide protests of the killing of George Floyd.

   As people protested the killing of George Floyd over the weekend, the National Organization of Minority Architects announced a redefined mission that speaks to the group’s commitment to opposing racism and anti-Black violence. Photo of protesters at a rally in Burlington, North Carolina. (Anthony Crider/Via Flickr)

As people protested the killing of George Floyd over the weekend, the National Organization of Minority Architects announced a redefined mission that speaks to the group’s commitment to opposing racism and anti-Black violence. Photo of protesters at a rally in Burlington, North Carolina. (Anthony Crider/Via Flickr)

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Yesterday, as people nationwide protested the police killing of George Floyd and broader violence against Black Americans, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) announced a redefined mission. The organization and its current president, Kimberly Dowdell, had been working on creating a strategic plan for the group for several months but made the announcement last weekend as part of a way to address the events of the past week.

An announcement online stated that “NOMA’s mission, rooted in a rich legacy of activism, is to empower our local chapters and membership to foster justice and equity in communities of color through outreach, community advocacy, professional development, and design excellence.”

Dowdell announced the change in an open letter posted on NOMA’s website that contextualized the update in the history of racism and anti-Black violence in the United States. Connecting architects’ mission to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, Dowdell asked, As architects, how can we protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public if our country is not properly including Black Americans as full members of our society?”

The full, unedited letter is below:

The air in our nation is thick with a profound sense of grief and despair. Our collective air is so very thick that it’s literally hard to breathe. We struggle to grasp for air as we all navigate a global pandemic coupled with the deadly and pervasive virus called racism that has plagued America for over four centuries.

As the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), we are calling on our members and our broader professional community to condemn racism and take an active role in eliminating the racial biases that account for a myriad of social, economic, and health disparities, and most importantly, result in the loss of human lives – Black lives. As architects, we are professionally responsible for protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. The tragic execution of Black Americans at the hands of people infected by racism has plagued our nation for generations.

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