The Capital Community Celebrates National Day of Racial Healing with 3 Projects
The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world. NDORH activities will take place both online and offline. For social media, please follow what’s happening around the country by using hashtag #NDORH.
NDORH is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort – a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Jan. 16, 2018 will be the second annual National Day of Racial Healing. The day was established in 2017 by more than 550 leaders from around the United States who wanted to set aside a day to take action together and:
Find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant. Acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed, and Commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.
The Capital region celebrates NDORH with an educational luncheon from 11:30am – 1pm hosted by the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Lansing Economy Team. The luncheon is geared toward real estate agents, brokers, business owners, HR professionals, community leaders, diversity practitioners, & the general public and will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church Of Greater Lansing 5509 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, MI 48911.
The Capital Community Chew & Chat will be held at 6pm at Lansing Public Media Center and is a free public event inviting everyone to share stories in small groups that will help us get to know one another and inspire our community think critically about difference and racial inequities in our region.
A music project, Voices of Racial Healing, featuring tracks contributed by local artists will be distributed via CD at the Chew & Chat. Artists contributing songs: Ozay Moore (All of the Above), Shanell (Soundsgood), Jerome (Soundsgood), Mikeyy Austin, Justin Reid (The Furnace), Hakim Crampton, and Rob G (Soundsgood). The project is the start of a living playlist inviting artists to contribute songs and spoken word pieces that promote racial healing.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation defines racial healing as a process for facilitating trust and building authentic relationships that bridge the divides created by real and perceived differences among people and in communities. It recognizes the need to acknowledge and tell the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and address the present consequences. It can also help inspire collective action within and across diverse groups of people in order to create policies and practices that foster more equitable organizations and communities. Additional information on the National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) and Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) can be found at healourcommunities.org and for local info, follow Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation of Metro Lansing on Facebook and bookmark www.oneloveglobal.org.
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January 11, 2018
Angela Waters Austin