Chicago’s chief equity officer, Candace Moore, talks about 2022, the city’s Year of Healing – Chicago Tribune – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Jan 25, 2022 5:00 AM

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It’s going on three years since civil rights attorney Candace Moore became the city of Chicago’s first chief equity officer. And initiatives that were planted years ago are sprouting.

Case in point: The year 2022 marks the Year of Healing, an extension of the city’s Together We Heal initiative launched in 2020 by the Mayor’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice. Year of Healing, which centers on building racial healing and transformation in Chicago, was announced by Moore via a virtual panel a day after Jan. 18, which is the National Day of Racial Healing.

Moore held the hourlong event Jan. 19 with a number of notable Chicago faces, including Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, a Chicago urban historian; José Rico, director for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Greater Chicago, housed at The Chicago Community Trust; Reyna Torres Mendivil, consul general of Mexico in Chicago; and Erin Harkey, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

“There’s no finish line when it comes to advancing racial equity. … We need to think about this as a workout and getting healthy,” Moore said. “We have to strengthen the muscle for equity and we want that muscle to be strong enough to help us build the city that we believe can happen — a more equitable Chicago.”

As part of the Together We Heal initiative, the city asked Chicagoans to have conversations with one another and make


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