How to Celebrate the National Day of Racial Healing

A day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, his legacy can still be felt in the annual National Day of Racial Healing. Tuesday, Jan. 16, is observed as this year’s National Day of Racial Healing, which is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort.

The eighth annual national event — recognized now for the sixth year in Arkansas includes virtual and in-person community events and watch parties across the country, bringing together artists, activists, faith healers and civic leaders. The day serves as an invitation for the public to engage in honest dialogue about how we can create an equitable society, with 2024 activities spanning the full week.

Winter weather has threatened many of the in-person events throughout the state, including MLK Day of Service celebrations and Wednesday’s annual Advancing Equity Awards Gala at the Clinton Presidential Library. 

There are, however, many virtual NDORH events streaming nationwide this week, including the panel discussion “Creating Space for Shared Reflections” hosted by the American Library Association, a session on “Emotional Justice and racial healing with author Esther A. Armah, one on trauma healing and social change hosted by UC Davis Health, “The Role of Art in the Facilitation of Racial Healing” hosted by the AMDA College of the Performing Arts and many more.

For more information about the National Day of Racial Healing and to find a complete list of events, visit the NDORH website

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