National Day of Racial Healing

January 19, 2021 marks the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing. In the wake of the painful departure from a peaceful transition of power witnessed last week, a stark reminder of how narrative and culture empowers behavior, this day goes beyond a moment of recognition and calls on collective actions we all can take to advance healing from the effects of racism. Here is a primer from the observance’s host, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, on what the day represents and ways to take action:

The National Day of Racial Healing is a time for contemplation and collective action on how our nation heals from the effects of racism. Launched on Jan. 17, 2017, 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 was created with and builds on the work and learnings of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners. Fundamental to this day is a clear understanding that racial healing is at the core of racial equity. This day is observed every year on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

From coast to coast, communities observe the National Day of Racial Healing in unique and meaningful ways. In the weeks leading up to the day, WKKF and TRHT organizations share ideas for taking action that supports the National Day of Racial Healing. Everyone can bring racial healing into their homes, communities and institutions; ideas shared include action kits for students, parents, teachers, faith & spiritual communities and within the business and philanthropy sectors.

Interested in observing the National Day of Racial Healing within your organization?


Here are four actions you can take:
  1. Download the Action Kit that is best for you (tailored options for individuals, students, teachers, philanthropy, libraries, faith-based or spiritual ambassadors, and business leaders) or the helpful conversation guide for your interpersonal relationships
  2. Participate in virtual events (including four Southern California events) or start your own
  3. Watch the national premiere on January 19, 2021 at 12 pm PST
  4. Join the conversation on social by following along with #howweheal

We look forward to joining you in collective observance of this day and would love to hear from members who may be organizing in their personal lives or with their organizations to participate. Let us know what actions you’re taking!


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Catalyst will bring back its popular Racial Equity learning cohort series in 2021 designed to bring a hyper local lens to the questions of equity, our region’s history, and the path forward to ensure a region where all have the ability to thrive. Be on the look out for registration opportunities soon!