Poverty and Race Research Action Council

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The Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) "is a civil rights policy organization convened by major civil rights and anti-poverty groups in 1989. PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect social scientists with advocates working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on issues of structural racial inequality." [1]


"PRRAC has received financial support from hundreds of individual donors, as well as from the Rockefeller, Ford, Kellogg, Taconic, Irvine, C.S. Mott, Annie E. Casey, Levi Strauss, Blaustein, Spencer, George Gund, Albert List, Fannie Mae, Boehm, AMJ, Tides, Caroline & Sigmund Schott, Nathan Cummings, Joyce, Abell, Akonadi, New World, and Freddie Mac Foundations, the Impact Fund, The Open Society Institute, Working Assets Fund, the Fund for the City of New York, Funding Exchange, the Lindheim Memorial Trust, and The Baltimore Community Foundation." [2]

People [3]

Board of Directors

  • Chair - John Charles Boger, Dean of the Univ. of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Vice Chair - Jose Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance, San Francisco, CA
  • Treasurer - Sheila Crowley, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Washington, DC
  • Secretary - John Powell, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity in the Americas at Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.
  • Darrell Armstrong, Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton, NJ
  • Maria Blanco, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Victor Bolden, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, NY, NY
  • Craig Flournoy, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • Thomas J. Henderson, Sprenger & Lang, Washington, DC
  • Camille Holmes, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington, DC
  • Olati Johnson, Associate Professor, Columbia Law School, New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Julian, Fair Housing and Community Planning Consultant, Dallas, TX
  • S.M. Miller, Senior Fellow, Commonwealth Institute and Research Professor of Sociology at Boston College
  • Don Nakanishi, Director of the Asian American Studies Center and Professor in the Graduate School of Education, UCLA
  • Dennis Parker, Director of Racial Justice Programs, ACLU
  • Florence Roisman, Indiana University School of Law
  • Anthony Sarmiento, National Senior Citizens Education and Research Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Catherine Tactaquin, National Director, National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Oakland, CA
  • William L. Taylor, civil rights attorney and counsel to Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC

Social Science Advisory Board

Poverty and Race Research Action Council: Former Directors


Web: http://www.prrac.org

Resources and articles


  1. Homepage, PRRAC, accessed July 8, 2007.
  2. About, PRRAC, accessed July 8, 2007.
  3. About, PRRAC, accessed July 8, 2007.