Virtual Events Offer a Way to Participate in National Day of Racial Healing

January 10, 2023

WorkForce Central is excited to share information about the National Day of Racial Healing and free, virtual events and seminars open to everyone who wants to commemorate the day and learn how to promote racial healing in our community.   

Launched in 2017, the National Day of Racial Healing is a time to contemplate our shared values and create a blueprint together for how we heal from the effects of racism.  Fundamental to this day is a clear understanding that racial healing is at the core of racial equity.  It is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.   

This annual observance originated as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s national Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) efforts and was created with, and builds upon, the work and learnings of TRHT community partners.  It is observed on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

The following National Day of Racial Healing virtual events and seminars are open to everyone, at no cost.  We hope you’ll register to participate in one or more of these opportunities! 

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Date/Time:  1/17/23, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, PST 

Host:  The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region (New York) 

Virtual conversation with New York Times best-selling author of The Sum of Us, Heather McGhee.  Highly recommended!   

National Day of Racial Healing: The Healing Power of Storytelling

Date/Time:  1/17/23, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, PST 

Host:  Courageous Conversations 

Participants will hear powerful examples of the use of storytelling and creative imagery to spark conversations, honing in on the healing powers of art as a means to speak our truths and practice Courageous Conversation® Protocol in life-affirming ways that address our individual and collective experiences with race and propel us towards a more racially equitable future

National Day of Racial Healing Watch Party

Date/Time:  1/17/23, 3:30 – 5:00 PM, PST  

Host:  Raleigh Outreach Against Racism   

Video of past observances with options for local action.

Racial Healing for Health

Date/Time:  1/17/23, Noon – 1:00 PM, PST, followed by an optional 1-hour interactive discussion 

Host:  County Health Rankings & Roadmaps  

Join us and two racial justice champions as we observe this day with our webinar, Racial Healing for Health. Dr. Nia Aitaoto, interim executive director of the National Association of Pasifika Organizations, will help us understand the impact of settler colonialism on indigenous populations and will share a public health response rooted in community engagement. Tony Watkins, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based community organizer, will describe his journey to becoming an anti-racism activist. Both guests will share strategies to promote racial healing in any community.

Models and Tools for Racial Healing, Justice, and Equity

Date/Time:  1/18/23, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, PST   

Host:  Eastside for All (East King County, WA)   

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day and the National Day of Racial Healing, join us for a virtual event where we’ll highlight national and local resources that foster deep learning and inspired actions for individuals, schools, organizations, and neighborhoods. Find out which ones resonate the most for you and get involved.

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