January 17th is for racial healing

By Tamara Lucas Copeland
President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

It happened almost spontaneously. Last month, at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Summit on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, the Foundation’s leadership and the almost 600 attendees recognized that, while the Kellogg initiative is a decade-long project, the current spirit in the country demanded an immediate focus on healing. In a move that underscores the power of philanthropy to be an agent for change, the Foundation called for a National Day of Racial Healing. They recognized both the personal pain felt by thousands across the country and the collective angst of a country caught in the throes of a widening and deepening racial divide. There must be a public recognition of the need to heal and the Kellogg Foundation had the national platform to call for that healing.

Today is that day – January 17th – the first National Day of Racial Healing.

Here at WRAG, not only do we recognize the power of philanthropy to lead, we share the Kellogg Foundation’s belief in the need for truth, racial healing and transformation. It is incumbent on our country to acknowledge the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias, and then to heal as we build an equitable and just society.

The WRAG staff has given thought to what racial healing means to each of us. Click here to hear our thoughts.

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