The National Day of Racial Healing is Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Created and hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in 2017, this special day is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action from the effects of racism to create a more just and unbiased world.
This annual event builds on the work and learnings of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) with which many universities lead the charge. 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.
Recently, STOMP Out Bullying learned about the National Day of Racial Healing and we are so excited to bring our constituents into the conversation.
From coast to coast, communities observe the National Day of Racial Healing in unique and meaningful ways. In the weeks leading up to the day, WKKF and TRHT organizations share ideas for taking action that supports the National Day of Racial Healing. Everyone can bring racial healing into their homes, communities and institutions; ideas shared include action kits for students, parents, teachers, faith & spiritual communities and within the business and philanthropy sectors.
Mark your calendar and join us for an essential and timely conversations on racial healing, equity and justice on January 19, 2021. The National Day of Racial Healing is a time for contemplation and collective action on #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism.
It is not the responsibility of one person, one group, or even one organization to drive this work. The responsibility belongs to all of us to participate in these honest, powerful, and moving experiences, and pursue this journey together. Through racial healing, we can all forge deep, meaningful relationships, lay the groundwork to transform broken systems, and create a world in which, together, we are a new force for positive change.
Engage Your Inner Circle - Friends, Family, Neighbors and Colleagues
- Are there people in your life with whom you’ve been wanting to discuss race or racism, but haven’t known how? Check out these resources to help you host a conversation or racial healing circle from your home or in a virtual setting. Whenever possible, invite people from different backgrounds and cultures to join your conversation.
- Watch the YouTube Premiere of the National Day of Racial Healing virtual event together on Jan. 19, 2021 and discuss how the topics relate to your locality.
- Hang up poster boards with headings like “‘My Racial Healing Looks Like _____.” And ask people to fill in their ideas.
- Use this conversation guide to create an open, non-adversarial environment.
Spark Conversation Among Friends
- Read books and watch movies that affirm the identities and backgrounds of all people. Learn about your own culture and history; and the cultures and histories of other people in your area.
- Look for local and national organizations that help you learn to talk about racism and take action locally.
See if there’s an organization at your children’s school that’s trying to stop racism. There might also be organizations set up to support Black students, Latinx students, AAPI students and Native students in your school. If you’re white, see if there are opportunities to improve your ability to be an ally/accomplice. Learn about being an active bystander.
ACTIVATE YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK
- Show your support for racial healing on social media by using the hashtag #HowWeHeal.
- Create a short video addressing why racial healing is important to you and post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat or other social networks. Be sure to use the hashtag #HowWeHeal.
- Set up an online fundraiser for organizations in your area that work towards racial healing.
GET YOUR SCHOOL AND TOWN TALKING
- Ask your school and elected officials about issuing a local proclamation naming January 19, 2021 the National Day of Racial Healing in your community.
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!