National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
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.
The day was established in 2017 by more than 550 U.S. leaders who wanted to set aside a day to take action together and:
- Find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
- Acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed, and
- Commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another
Baldwin’s librarians have put together several book lists to help understand and encourage racial healing. By sharing our experiences, we create a world in which we are a new force for positive change.
Thank you for leading, Baldwin Library. In Millbrae, our City Council took step 1 and Proclaimed 1/19/21 National Day of Racial Healing. We will build our community by expanding efforts, consistently, to end and repair damage from racism.
Do you have recommendations for YA fiction and nonfiction on this topic?
Here are some YA reading lists on the topic: