‘Healing is at the heart of racial equity’: Battle Creek celebrates sixth National Day of Racial Healing – Yahoo News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation launched in 2016, but creating space to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism through community is just as important now as it was six years ago.

The organization is working with local partners and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to celebrate and advocate for continued racial healing in Battle Creek on the National Day of Racial Healing, which will be celebrated on Tuesday.

Community members are invited to participate in several events that will take place in person and online.

Jill Anderson from Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation speaks during a demonstration on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 at the Sojourner Truth Monument in Battle Creek, Mich. The protest came in response to the military of Myanmar seizing control of the government.

Jill Anderson from Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation speaks during a demonstration on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 at the Sojourner Truth Monument in Battle Creek, Mich. The protest came in response to the military of Myanmar seizing control of the government.

“Battle Creek has been curious and open, and we’ve had different types of racial healing experiences, both virtually and in person, and in each one, there’s some type of transformation that comes about,” said Rosemary Linares, co-president of the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth Racial Healing and Transformation.

As part of this year’s celebration, the organization is holding an open call for racial healing practitioner training. Practitioners learn how to create and facilitate spaces where people can have open, honest and productive conversations about race.

“This model is really powerful,” Linares said. “It’s frankly grounded in thousands of years of indigenous wisdom from multiple continents, so it’s a tried in true practice.”

Since the TRHT launched racial healing circles in Battle Cree


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