After Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and national holiday, North Texas will host National Racial Healing Day with a series of free events hosted by Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (DTRHT).
This day, first established in 2017 by the WK Kellogg Foundation, is dedicated to healing and understanding between all races.
DTRHT Director Jerry Hawkins explains the purpose of the date selection.
“They want this to follow very specifically the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday so that we have more time to reflect, the work we have to do as a country to know brings us all together,” Hawkins said.
Dallas Truth, Racial, Healing and Transformation (TRHT) has hosted various National Racial Healing Day events, including virtual events in 2021 and 2022 featuring Nicole Hanna-Jones, author of Project 1619.
Part of the organization’s mission is to create an inclusive city by addressing race and racism through storytelling, relationship building, and fair policies and practices.
There are also events in Fort Worth this year.
The Fort Worth organizations were part of the Dallas TRHT Racial Equity NOW cohort, according to Hawkins.
“We are expanding our operations in Fort Worth and Tarrant County,” he said. “We knew we definitely wanted to expand our reach, but we wanted to start in Fort Worth. So we have community partners that were part of the cohort, Community Frontline, and a community coffee shop that’s connected to Community Frontline, Black Coffee. .”
Events kick off Tuesday morning at Black Coffee in Fort Worth and Union Coffee in Dallas at 7:30 AM with a free coffee giveaway to community members interested in learning about DTRHT and National Racial Healing Day.
The event is followed by a discussion over lunch with Dr. Michael Phillips, author of The White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001. Lunch and a copy of Phillips’ book will be provided to those who register to attend.
The day will end with an evening program at the Moody Performance Hall. An Evening with Angela I. Davis will begin at 7:00 pm with a musical performance by Dana Harper, followed by a panel discussion and autograph session with black feminist philosopher Dr. Angela I. Davis.
For those unable to attend, Dallas TRHT encourages social media engagement to share and build digital solidarity where followers can answer the question: What does racial healing mean to me?
Follow Dallas TRHT (@DallasTRHT) on Instagram for more information, and add and follow the hashtags #NDORH #HowDFWHeals.
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