With racial divisiveness on the rise in American communities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a coalition of more than a hundred and thirty nonprofit organizations have called for a National Day of Healing on January 17, 2017.
On that day, which falls between Martin Luther King Day and Inauguration Day, community, civic, government, and corporate leaders who have committed to the foundation's Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) enterprise will join forces to engage communities in racial healing and change efforts that address current inequities linked to the belief in a racial hierarchy. The day, which kicks off a yearlong effort to bring healing to different parts of the country, will focus on catalyzing a collective commitment and determination to embrace a new narrative for the nation informed by a belief in our common humanity.
According to Kellogg Foundation president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron, the Day of Healing is a response to the contentious rhetoric, expressions of racism, and fear and anxiety that marked the recent presidential election. In the coming weeks, the foundation and TRHT will offer recommendations on how communities might consider creating local activities and events for the day.
"We envision that government, private sector, and nonprofit entities will join this call for healing to kick off a year," said Tabron. "Let us remind ourselves that we are not a nation of demolition workers trying to destroy institutions, but rather a community of creative construction workers seeking to build bridges and commonality that will ensure a more perfect union and oneness within our country."