NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING
The National Day of Racial Healing is a time to contemplate our shared values and create the blueprint together for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Launched in 2017, it is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
This annual observance is hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and was created with and builds on the work and learnings of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners. Fundamental to this day is a clear understanding that racial healing is at the core of racial equity. This day is observed every year on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Racial healing is the experience shared by people when they speak openly and hear the truth about past wrongs and the negative impacts created by individual and systemic racism.
Racial healing helps to build trust among people and restores communities to wholeness, so they can work together on changing the systems and structures that affirm the inherent value of all people.
Racial equity is the condition where people of all races and ethnicities can live in a society where a person’s racial identity does not determine how they are treated nor predict life outcomes.
Achieving racial equity requires both systems transformation and racial healing.
NBC News embarked on a journey of discovery to learn how racism touches all of our lives, regardless of skin color or background and how we can start the process of healing.
NBC News traveled across the country listening to candid, raw and real conversations about race. The series hopes to challenge viewers to answer the question – what can you do to end racism?
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Thinking of planning an event for the National Day of Racial Healing? These guides offer suggestions for creating engaging racial healing experiences for children, in professional settings and among policymakers.