How do we show up for one another? It’s a question that is simple to ask but complex in action. It’s a question we must ask in understanding the role we play as individuals in our continued journey towards racial equity. Because we understand that dismantling racism involves being willing to ask questions --we would like to begin this work by inviting you and members of our community to join us in the National Day of Racial Healing, January 16, 2018.
At the core of this work is uncovering the truth in communities and organizations, acknowledging those truths, and moving beyond the past to craft a new narrative for a national discourse where every person is valued and respected. In embracing racial healing, we turn away from centuries of racial hierarchy and toward a future that recognizes our common humanity.
Conversation will be facilitated by Shannon Cohen & Stacy Stout. A delicious supper will be provided for all attendees. The event will be held in the southeast neighborhood of Grand Rapids at Dickinson Elementary School, 448 Dickinson Street Southeast | Grand Rapids, MI 49507 from 5:30-8:00pm. Parking will be available on site.
National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort to dismantle systemic racism– 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.
Register for the event here.
These past months brought a lot of excitement as people debated and voted in (or out) a new class of elected representatives. We saw large voter turnout across the nation and many first time voters: 18-year olds, new U.S. citizens and those who felt compelled to be more involved given our current political climate. But even if you didn’t vote, you’re an important part of what happens next.