On Jan. 21, 2020, we celebrated the fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing. Watch the livestream event recorded at The REACH at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

OUR UNIFIED STORY

Racial healing is a process that restores individuals and communities to wholeness, repairs the damage caused by racism and transforms societal structures into ones that affirm the inherent value of all people.
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Selma

Hope is emerging in Selma as they use circles as a way to pursue restorative justice within local schools.
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Chicago

A city working to overcome a history of segregation.
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Richmond

How can we use art as a vehicle for connection & healing?
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Waves & Bridges

Marc Bamuthi Joseph performs his spoken-word poem.
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Battle Creek

How can we create safe spaces so that we can come together to heal?

About the national day of racial healing

On Jan. 21, 2020, we invite everyone to join us for the fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing – rooted in experiences for truth telling and trust building that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future. Racial healing is not only important, it is essential. Because healing is at the heart of racial equity.

Racism affects all of us, regardless of our backgrounds or circumstances. We are all living in a world born from historic injustices that have led to broken systems and division, where we don’t know one another and our shared history. The significant challenges will not be solved by any one individual or group.

To realize a society free of systemic injustice, we must come together to heal, exploring and unraveling the deeply held racial biases of the past – the biases that hold us back from unleashing our collective energy and potential.

Through racial healing, we recognize our community, humanity, acknowledge our truths from our shared history, and recognize our collective potential and shared values. Together we can bridge the divides to transform communities for our children and future generations.
Together we heal.

Around the country

People gathered for more than 100 different events in 40 cities for the National Day of Racial Healing. See what events took place in communities across the country.
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Minnesota – National Day of Racial Healing Commemoration

390 City Hall 15 West Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 551023753

New York – National Day of Racial Healing

30 Church St Rochester, NY 146143754

Michigan – Race Amity Forum- Sharing Dr. Clarence B Jones, as interviewed by Sharon Davis-

Detroit Bahai Center, 19711 Greenfield Road, Detroit, Mi 482353752

Wisconsin – Courageous Conversation

Kenosha County, WI, USA3750

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

2558 w 63rd st, chicago, il3738

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

7200 s ingleside avenue, chicago, il3737

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

2100 ridge avenue, evanston, il3735

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

908 seward street, evanston, il3733

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

1 n dearborn, chicago, il3739

Illinois – Racial healing circle

333 s wabash avenue, Chicago, IL3740

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

4225 w 25th st, chicago, il3741

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

4544 n lincoln avenue, chicago, il3742

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

11026 s Indiana avenue, Chicago, IL3744

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

208 s lasalle st, Chicago, il3745

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

333 s wabash avenue, chicago, il3746

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

7900 Division Street, River Forest, IL3747

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

3656 n halsted, chicago, il3736

Illinois – Racial Healing Circle

2100 ridge avenue, Evanston, il3732

Illinois – TRHT Chicago Racial Healing Circle

2121 sheridan road, evanston, il3731

Florida – Looking Forward (Panel Discussion)

100 College Blvd E. Niceville, Fl 325783729

Delaware – National Day of Racial Healing

First State Community Action Agency, 308 N. Railroad Avenue, Georgetown, DE 3724

Minnesota – National Day of Racial Healing

9801 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 554313670

Kentucky – City of Maysville Day of Racial Healing

145 E Third St, Maysville, KY 41056, USA3665

Alabama – Looking Forward (Unity Think Tank)

1253 Co Rd 57, Hartford, AL 36344, USA3719

Michigan – Race: The Power of Illusion – How We Heal

495 Gilmour Mall, Detroit, MI 48202, USA3702

New York – How Do We Build A Just Long Island?

30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY 11721, USA3701

Texas – ACC National Day of Racial Healing

6101 Highland Campus Drive, Austin, Texas 787523697

Michigan – Detroit Let’s Talk About Race

440 Clinton St, Detroit, MI 482263692

Illinois – Solidarity Heals Community Celebration

1901 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612, USA3691

Illinois – Evanston Racial Healing Circles

2121 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60201, USA3690

Illinois – Evanston Racial Healing Circles

1215 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA3689

908 Seward St, Evanston, IL 60202, USA3688

2100 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201, USA3687

Illinois – Racial Healing Circles

2100 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201, USA3686

Illinois – National Day of Racial Healing: When Paths Cross

Columbia College of Chicago - Hokin Gallery - 623 S Wabash Avenue, Chicago3679

California – Supporting Immigrants – Then and Now

388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607 3681

New Jersey – Workshop on Racial Healing

Hillsborough High School Library 3682

New Jersey – Finding Your Voice

5080 Atlantic Ave, Mays Landing, NJ 08330, USA3683

Alabama – Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North – Documentary Film Screening

Selma-Dallas County Public Library 1103 Selma Ave, Selma, AL 367033676

New York – Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

525 West 120th Street New York, NY 100273664

Virginia – Dred Scott Presents: Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation

Norfolk State University, L. Douglas Wilder Center, 700 Park Ave, VA 235043663

Ohio – National Day of Racial Healing Community Gathering

2400 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 452023656

Alabama – TRHT Selma MLK Day Breakfast and Winter Clothing Giveaway

Edmundite Mission BOSCO, 1107B Griffin Avenue, Selma, AL, 367033658

Alabama – Genealogy 101 Session by Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society

Selma-Dallas County Public Library 1103 Selma Ave, Selma, AL 367033660

Texas – Racial Healing and the Economy: Continuing A New Community Vision for Dallas!

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young Street Dallas, TX 752013654

Kentucky – National Day of Racial Healing Panel Discussion

Woodford County Library, 115 North Main Street, Versailles KY 403831801

Arkansas – Hell You Talmout performance/film screening/panel discussion

100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 1803

California – The National Day of Racial Healing

70 W. Hedding St. San Jose Ca. The Government Center at Isaac Newton Senter1804

New York – Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

Teachers College, Columbia University 525 West 120th Street New York, NY 100271807

New Jersey – Freedom Dreams: Envisioning Inclusive Futures

350 Martin Luther King Blvd. Newark, NJ 071021810

Arizona – Inaugural Celebration of a Day of Healing

950 E. Pecan Rd., Phoenix, Az 850401799

Texas – Round Rock’s 2nd Annual Nation Day of Racial Healing Celebration

2746 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX. 78664 1811

Arkansas – 2020 Advancing Equity Award Reception

1200 President Clinton Avenue Little Rock, AR 722011794

Virginia – Repairing the Breach: History, Religion, and the Racial Divide

Virginia Museum of History & Culture 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard Richmond, Virginia 232201793

Minnesota – National Day of Racial Healing

350 South Fifth Street, Minneapolis, MN 554141792

Michigan – Community Celebration

601 W Maple St, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA1764

California – Finding Voice: Using Art for Activism

The California Endowment - Suite C (2nd floor) 1000 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA, 900121767

California – Raised in Race: A Dialogue on Race and Childhood

Long Beach Nonprofit Center 3515 Linden Avenue Long Beach, CA 908071768

New York – National Day of Racial Healing – Richard Rothstein

70 Chalmers Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA1762

California – Confronting Structural Racism in Traditionally White Spaces: A Facilitated Dialogue

Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, Forbes Hall 1260 18th Street Santa Monica, CA, 904041765

Michigan – Community Healing Circles

333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, USA1761

Virginia – Migration Flow

Studio Two Three, 3300 W Clay St, Richmond VA1572

Virginia – Live Concert

Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, 601 W Broad St, Richmond VA1571

Virginia – Masterclass in Design with Blitz Bazawule

Institute for Comteportary Art at VCU 601 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA1501

Virginia – The WAVES Mixer

Black Iris Social Club, 321 W. Broad St., Richmond CA1347

Virginia – Screening of The Burial of Kojofollowed by Q&A

601 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA1346

Virginia – We Wear The Mask

114 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA1343

Get Involved

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.

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