On Tuesday, January 21, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosted the fourth annual celebration of the National Day of Racial Healing, which was established in 2017 to promote healing as a critical path for ending racial bias and creating a society in which all children can thrive.
The program featured Kellogg Foundation’s President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron, journalist Elaine Welteroth, actress Storm Reid, as well as Central Park 5 member Raymond Santana, Baratunde Thurston, Jamilah Lemieux, poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and several youth activists and artists.
In a panel of young leaders including Winter BreeAnne, Natalia Ancisco, Zyahna Bryant, Sara Mora, and Connie Brownotter they shared how and why they are becoming role models and activists and how building trust and relationships can inspire action toward unity and solidarity.
Throughout the event, the Kellogg Foundation featured video stores of four communities –Chicago, Selma, Alabama, Richmond, Virginia, and Battle Creek, Michigan—and the Kellogg foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) efforts of addressing the historical and contemporary efforts of racism.
Tabron concluded the event by challenging individuals and organizations to commit to taking action, think about ways to heal individually, in relationships with one another, and communities by continuing racial healing throughout the year. To learn more about the Kellogg Foundation #HowWeHeal event, visit www.dayofracialhealing.org.