January 17th is the National Day of Racial Healing

RACIAL EQUITY | WRAG and a delegation of philanthropic leaders participated in W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Summit on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation last December. Out of that summit came a realization that racial healing is urgently needed for the whole nation, leading the Kellogg Foundation to launch the National Day of Racial Healing. WRAG President Tamara Copeland discusses the origin of this event and why it was important for our organization to participate. (Daily, 1/17)

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.

In honor of the National Day of Racial Healing, staff of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and the Washington AIDS Partnership share why we are each personally committed to racial healing. Watch our video here.

Related: What does a trip to California have to do with racial equity? (Daily, 1/10)

Also related: Gail Christopher, Senior Advisor and Vice President for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, closed out WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table learning series last year. Watch her talk on the role of philanthropy in addressing racism and racial equity here.

IMMIGRATIONHere to Stay rally held this weekend to support local immigrants (WAMU, 1/16)

HIV/AIDS | Ron Daniels, a DC advocate who spearheaded a needle exchange program in the District, passed away last week. (WaPo, 1/12)

HOMELESSNESS | There’s a new housing facility in the District for homeless veterans and low-income residents. It’s the first of its kind in the country due to having full-time Veterans Affairs case managers. (WCP, 1/12)

GENTRIFICATION | An in-depth look at D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood where longtime residents, businesses and buildings confront the ongoing process of gentrification. (NPR, 1/16)

YOUTH | How Deloitte increases employee engagement with youth mentoring (Forbes, 1/12)

Related: To learn more about how corporations of all sizes and industries are leveraging youth mentoring to drive employee engagement, join over 1000 mentoring practitioners and philanthropic partners at the 2017 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. from February 1-3, 2017.

FOOD | SNAP participants in Maryland can now buy groceries online from Amazon (WTOP, 1/17)

– Live Healthy program allows Montgomery County residents to receive discounts on dental and health services. (Bethesda Beat, 1/13)

– District hospitals are preparing for the inauguration weekend (WBJ, 1/13)

Art enthusiasts! There’s a new installation coming to the Hirshhorn Museum.