Michigan Department of Civil Rights Supports 2018 National Day of Racial Healing and Call for Additional TRHT Sites in Michigan

Contact: Lisa Collins - CollinsL3@michigan.gov
Agency: Civil Rights

Lansing —  January 16 will be the second National Day of Healing, which is part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.  The National Day of Healing serves as an opportunity for all people and communities to acknowledge the deep and ongoing pain caused by racism and the need for healing on a personal, cultural, and systemic level.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights supports W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community-based processes launched at four (4) sites in Michigan: Kalamazoo, Lansing, Battle Creek and Flint.

Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu, Executive Director of the Department said "Many Michigan residents know the legacy of systemic racism and feel excluded from having a voice.  They have lost trust and express anger.  If you step away from the anger and give this healing work a chance, what comes next is clarity and the potential for transformation that tears down this system of racial hierarchy.  We believe the TRHT process can serve to rebuild a stronger community with a voice for truth, a passion for healing, and a racial equity lens for justice and transformation."

"The Department is committed to assisting other communities through out Michigan in launching their own TRHT process to bring about transformational and sustainable change. It is an ambitious and noble undertaking." 

Events are planned in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Alma and Detroit.  For more information on Michigan and nationwide events go to www.healourcommunities.org.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law.  For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to www.michigan.gov/mdcr.

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