Join FFL and our partners for National Day of Racial Healing activities
WKKF is sponsoring a multi-year project known as the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise.
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) will collaborate on a series of events to help commemorate the National Day of Racial Healing next week. FFL, in partnership with Ashé Cultural Arts Center and the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES), will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and partners across the country to spotlight and acknowledge the National Day of Racial Healing. The day will include a luncheon featuring speakers Flozell Daniels, Jr. (FFL), Carol Bebelle (Ashé) and Denese Shervington (IWES), who will share the National Truth Racial Healing Transformation presentation. Spoken-word artists Frederick “Hollywood” Delahoussaye and Christine “Cfreedom” Brown will perform. A Healing Suite featuring Dancing Grounds, a Red Tent event, empowering discussions, acupuncture, yoga, healing touch, music and more will happen from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
WKKF is sponsoring a multi-year project known as the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise. Taking place in multiple cities across the country — including initiatives in Baton Rouge and New Orleans led by FFL — TRHT will focus on healing and mending the rifts caused by racism in America. The nation was conceived in the constitution and built on a belief in racial hierarchy, a collective national consciousness that has dominated the educational, economic, social and legal discourse for centuries.
“As a nation, we must come to terms with the deep divides in our communities,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, WKKF’s president and CEO. “Our nation is crying out for healing, which can only come with shared understanding of our collective past and a sustained effort to dismantle the structures, policies, practices, and systems that divide us, and perpetuate conscious and unconscious bias.”
Also on Jan. 17, FFL will join the City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Foundation to host the episode one screening of “America Divided,” at the Broad Theater (636 North Broad St.) at 4:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring series creator and executive producer Solly Granatstein and W. K. Kellogg Foundation Chief of Staff AJ Jones, II. The discussion will be moderated by Kysha Brown Robinson, principal at Compositions, LLC. Admittance is free but you must reserve a ticket and bring it with you. (Register here.)
Elsewhere in the state, Baton Rouge will play host to two events in particular:
The Walls Project presents the MLK Day Festival of Service 2017 from Jan. 13-16. Volunteers are needed help reactivate Gus Young Avenue in Mid City by painting murals, planting community gardens, cleaning up blighted properties and fixing up housing. Sign up here. Also, there will be a party in Gus Young Park on Jan. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring live music, local cuisine, open-air town hall and community-resource fair.
“Mapping the Movement,” sponsored by Urban Congress, which features two events for dialogue among African-American males in Baton Rouge: Thursday (Jan 12), 6 p.m. (Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA, 70807); and Thursday (Jan 19), 6 p.m., McKinley Alumni Center (1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802). RSVP at www.theurbancongress.com.