On Monday, January 18, 2021, Dardanelle Mayor Jimmy Witt issued the following proclamation.

National Day of Racial Healing 2021 Proclamation

TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME – GREETINGS:

WHEREAS: Just like those who came before us, it is our duty to protect the children of the City of Dardanelle and maintain a community in which they may all be given the opportunity to succeed; and,

WHEREAS: We must all work earnestly to create courageous and supportive environments that  acknowledge the traumatic past; promote the healing of the wounds created by racial,  ethnic and religious bias; and build an equitable and just society so that all of  Dardanelle’s children can thrive; and,

WHEREAS:  Children have the right to be provided every opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in   nurturing environments that do not violate their safety, dignity, and humanity; and,

WHEREAS: Every single person has the opportunity to exhibit an act of kindness to make a simple change within themselves that can have a profound effect on an entire society; and,

WHEREAS:  If we all dedicate ourselves to the principles of truth, racial healing and transformation, we can all bring about the necessary changes in thinking and behavior that will propel this great City of Dardanelle forward as a unified force where racial biases will become a  thing of the past; and,

WHEREAS:  Racial healing is a vital and crucial commitment to the education, social, mental, and overall, well-being of all residents in the City of Dardanelle, particularly children; and,

WHEREAS:  The City of Dardanelle, in conjunction with others throughout the State of Arkansas, and the United States of America, acknowledges January 19, 2021, as the “National Day of Racial Healing in the City of Dardanelle,” and urges all citizens to promote truth, racial healing and transformation in the ways that are best suited for them individually, as a means to working together to ensure the best quality of life for every child.

NOW THEREFORE, I, JIMMY L. WITT, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF DARDANELLE, ARKANSAS do hereby proclaim January 19, 2021 as NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING 2021 IN THE CITY OF DARDANELLE.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREFORE, I hereunto set my hand and cause the Great Seal of the City of Dardanelle, Arkansas, to be affixed.

Jimmy L. Witt, Mayor ATTEST:

Frances J. Cross, City Clerk