Virtual National Day of Racial Healing 2021
In recognition of the 5th Annual National Day of Racial Healing, the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center at Rutgers University – Newark will host a full-day of virtual activities and events for faculty, staff, students, residents, and organizations in Newark and throughout the state of New Jersey highlighting the importance of healing through education, awareness, and engagement.
“Racial Healing in L.O.V.E.” will include opening remarks from U.S. Representative Donald Payne Jr., Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor, and TRHT Center Director Sharon Stroye. Daylong virtual activities include panel discussions, a film viewing, a racial healing circle, spoken word performances, and musical performances.
The unprecedented global pandemic of COVID-19, racial reckoning of social injustices, and the divisive political climate in 2020, have left people saddened, fatigue, and frustrated. The residents in Newark, New Jersey, and throughout the country can benefit from positive engagement and interaction that support our differences. The day before the inauguration of the 46th President Joseph Biden is the National Day of Racial Healing in 2021.
The National Day of Racial Healing was originated in 2017 under W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, racial Healing and Transformation efforts, which serves as a community and national based- process to determine and bring about transformational and sustainable change in addition to talking about the historical and contemporary effects of racism in U.S. society.