National Day of Racial Healing

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the American Library Association invites libraries to participate in the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing on January 19, 2021.

The National Day of Racial Healing is a time to:

-Reinforce and honor our common humanity while celebrating the district differences that make our communities vibrant.
-Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed.
-Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

From Libraries Transform, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA).
National Day of Racial Healing 2021 promotional video (December 2020).

We encourage libraries to share their activities with their communities and take part in this critical time for reflection. The National Day of Racial Healing is means to increase understanding of racism and recognize the wounds it creates both within and around us. The day aims to bring people together to consider, reset, and journey towards a path of racial healing. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help heal, inspire, and transform their communities.

Recommended Resources

Download ALA’s Action Guide for Libraries, ALA’s Conversation Guide, and ALA’s Educator Action Kit.

View WebJunction 2021 National Day of Racial healing.

Find a local virtual racial healing event.

Connecting on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalDayofRacialHealing/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedaytoheal

Engaging on social medial using hashtags:
#TRHT
#NDORH
#HowWeHeal
#racialhealing
#librariesrespond
#librariestransform

Recommended books:
The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A Singh
Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience by Sheila Wise Rowe
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem

Archived webinars and trainings:
YouTube – Rx Racial Healing | Dr. Gail Christopher | TEDxCharlottesville
YouTube – W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING 2020 – 2020 Livestream
Archived Webinar – Organic Efforts Towards Health Equity-Driven Policy and Practice, The Praxis Project
Archived Webinar: Racial healing: How to become a mindful ally

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Summit – Closing Video, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (January 2017).

For more information, visit the Libraries Respond: National Day of Racial Healing webpage or read the ALA’s proclamation on the National Day of Racial Healing. If you are a Texas library worker or library and information science (LIS) educator who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) and want to connect with a BIPOC community, please email Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov.

Cheers to a thriving 2021!

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