BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosted the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing, a virtual afternoon of music, conversation and solidarity featuring community leaders, advocates, artists and influencers engaging in essential and timely discussions of racial healing, equity and justice.
"Today is about people, conversations and action," said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "It's about finding connection, sharing our truths and coming together to transform our communities. That's the basis of racial healing."
In her opening remarks, she acknowledged the anti-democratic events of recent weeks have caused many more people to ask, "What will it take for our country to heal?"
She added, "The common element is that racial healing is the first step on every path. It creates a space to acknowledge a person's story. And it begins with a conversation."
The 2021 National Day of Racial Healing sought to bridge divides, affirm our common humanity and inspire action by engaging individuals and influencers leading today's important racial equity and healing efforts. The event included in-depth conversations focusing on righting historical wrongs and repairing the harms of racism, ensuring employment equity, and the impact of racism on the legal system.
Additionally, actor and "artivist" Storm Reid, during her third opening conversation with La June Montgomery Tabron in National Day of Racial Healing events, emphasized the need for ongoing conversations. "Racial healing is not something we're doing in the moment or to get over injustices," she said. "It's about asking, how do we actually come together as a society and fix our core?"
And actor Yara Shahidi said, "Racial healing is integral to setting conditions for continual progress to occur." She joined panelists in a conversation on righting historical wrongs and repairing the harms of racism.
The day also recognized the racial healing work of WKKF grantees in Kalamazoo, MI and Buffalo, NY, two places among several across the U.S. implementing the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) process.
Communities joined the event from cities across the country, and shared their experiences using the hashtag #HowWeHeal. WKKF resources (Conversation Guides, Action Kits and the Business Case for Racial Equity) were downloaded more than 450,000 times in the week before the National Day of Racial Healing.
In closing, Tabron invited the more than 4500 viewers of the premiere to join in this work: "It's the challenge of our time — the important work for children, families and communities that you and I and so many people are being called to right now. And it's simply the path to unity — the way to move towards a common humanity, as so many are hoping we can in the year ahead."
More than 90 events took place to honor the National Day of Racial Healing. Visit www.dayofracialhealing.org for a complete list of events including Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Selma, AL; New Orleans, LA; Buffalo, NY; Baton Rouge, LA; Battle Creek, MI; Flint, MI; Dallas, TX; Richmond, VA, and more.
To watch the recording, please visit: https://youtu.be/H7m0u8jJyN8.
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About National Day of Racial Healing
The "National Day of Racial Healing" was established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2017 to promote healing as a critical path for ending racial bias and creating a society in which all children can thrive. The annual outreach grew out of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort, a national and community-based process designed to bring transformational and sustainable change to communities, while addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. W.K. Kellogg Foundation priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.
SOURCE W.K. Kellogg Foundation