CHICAGO-Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago will observe the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central Time.
This year's event, Chicago's second annual event, will be held online. Organizers want to express solidarity with the racial justice movements of last summer that were led by Black, brown and indigenous youth.
Youth groups exemplified the spirit of NDORH. They did more than protesting police brutality. They held solidarity cookouts for racial solidarity. They raised nearly $40,000 to help street vendors weather the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on their businesses. They joined forces and advocated for more therapists and less police officers in schools. And they provided resources such as water and face masks for safe direct actions.
TRHT Greater Chicago is leading a movement that seeks to heal the traumas of racism and eradicate the notion racial hierarchy. By bringing together people of diverse backgrounds to speak truthfully, these opportunities for racial healing help people transcend racial identities as they seek to form a greater understanding and empathy for people of different racial identities.
TRHT Greater Chicago director José A. Rico wants the National Day of Racial Healing to shine a light on Chicago's "unique history of racial violence" that must be confronted, he said. "We're coming together to repudiate the false notion of white supremacy," he said.
Register for the TRHT's National Day of Racial Healing here by January 13. For general information, visit TRHT's website.