Following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and after honoring and reflecting on it’s importance, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy can still be felt.

The National Day of Racial Healing will be observed across the nation today and is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity, and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world. The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort. The foundation’s years-long promotion of racial healing is a key component to advancing racial equity and justice is a call for facing the truth of our nation’s tragic history of systemic racism, in order to realize the promise of a diverse, inclusive and equitable future.

This year’s fifth annual national event is the second year to be recognized in Arkansas. This year’s festivities include virtual community events and watch parties across the country, bringing together artists, activists, faith healers and civic leaders. The day serves as an invitation for the public to engage in honest dialogue about how we can create an equitable society, with 2021 activities spanning the full week.

The National Day of Racial Healing was established in 2017 by more than 550 U.S. leaders who wanted to set aside a day to take action together and:

  • Find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
  • Acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed, and
  • Commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

Together we can create a world in which we are a new force for positive change.

To watch the live events that are planned throughout the day on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 and to learn more, click the following link.

To read the proclamation shared on Monday, January 18, 2021 by Dardanelle Mayor Jimmy Witt, click the following link.