Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as we engage our campus community in a week-long of essential and timely conversations on racial healing, equity and justice. This Racial Healing and Transformation Week calls for deep listening, discussions, racial healing, and celebration of our common humanity. Our ultimate goal is to take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
Embedded in our week-long engagement plans is the celebration of the National Day of Racial Healing. The National Day of Racial Healing (#NDORH) is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s (WKKF) Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort – a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
LCC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We invite students, faculty, staff and the entire Lansing community to join us during our Racial Healing and Transformation Week-long virtual gatherings, discussions and social media engagements. Please consider using the National Racial Healing hashtag #HowWeHeal and join us on this important journey of transformation and change!
During our Racial Healing and Transformation Week, we invite you to:
- 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.
Monday, Jan 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Across the nation and the world, Dr. King’s life and legacy is commemorated by a day of service and promoted as A Day On and Not a Day Off. Here are a list of State and National events celebrating and honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr that can be viewed from the comfort of your desired space. All events are free.
MLK Holiday DC 40th Annual Virtual Parade
Amid a global pandemic, the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Parade will take place virtually on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 12 noon via YouTube – Be sure to follow us on You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @mlkholidaydc115.
We the People Speak: No Justice, No Peace
2021 MLK Keynote Speaker - Yamiche Alcindor, PBS White House correspondent
In today’s turbulent and ever-evolving political scene, Yamiche Alcindor has become an influential and widely heard voice in analyzing the critical issues of our time.
She will share her distinct experience and insights with the Eastern Michigan University community as the keynote speaker for EMU’s virtual 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
MLK Day of Reflection
This will be an enlightening afternoon of reflection as we discuss how to carry out Dr. King's legacy and opportunities for service and reconciliation in our communities.
MLK Day On
University of Portland is hosting this virtual event, open to all in the community. Mr. Stewart's work confronts the legacy of racism in Oregon by marking the site of Alonzo Tucker’s lynching in Coos Bay, OR. Mr. Stewart’s efforts serve as a starting point for informing, educating, and inspiring dialogue about race and white supremacy in our community.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan Celebration
Watch the live event on WILX News 10, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan Day of Celebration! The Celebration will feature a conversation with Dr. Bernice King.
The theme of the 2021 Day of Celebration is “Out of a Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope.” Facebook event page. #LansingMLK2021
Tuesday, Jan 19
Day of Racial Healing Beyond the Book
Come together to learn about Racial Healing, a process that recognizes the need to acknowledge and tell the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and address the present consequences. It can facilitate trust and build authentic relationships that bridge divides created by real and perceived differences. Discover how each of the Beyond the Book selections support and facilitate Racial Healing.
Meeting number (access code): 120 427 2686
Meeting password: CCLC2021
LANSING’S NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING CELEBRATION
Highlighting Lansing history, racial equity leaders, and inter-generational bonds.
This is a public event brought to you by One Love Global
NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING
The National Day of Racial Healing is a time for contemplation and collective action on #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. This annual observance is hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF).
Watch this event live on Cesar Chavez Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CHAVEZCENTERLCC or RSVP for this event by visiting https://healourcommunities.org/day-of-racial-healing/
Wednesday, Jan 20th
Day of Racial Healing Beyond the Book Continues
Meeting number (access code): 120 427 2686
Meeting password: CCLC2021
Thursday, Jan 21st
Meeting number (access code): 120 198 9662
Meeting password: adWmV9JFP47
Topic: Racial Healing & Transformation
Facilitated by: The Learner's Group, an organization that helps leaders understand the relationship of diversity and inclusion to engagement.
Learn more about the facilitators:
+ Rodney Patterson, CEO (https://thelearnersgroup.com/rodney-patterson)
+ Lisa Summerour, Ed.D., Chief Operating Officer (https://thelearnersgroup.com/lisa-summerour)
+ Brent Bilodeau, Ph.D., VP College and University Relations (https://thelearnersgroup.com/brent-bilodeau)
+ Anthony Chavez, Vice President of Learning Systems and Agricultural Industries (https://thelearnersgroup.com/anthony-chavez)
Friday, Jan 22
Interact with us on Social Media
All Day Discussion Postings at 9am | 12pm | 3pm | 6pm
Engage in various social media platforms on different topic postings related to racial healing and transformation.
Watch for posts on LCC’s Facebook or Instagram pages and find informative resources, quotes and chat with us to begin your racial healing journey and see a video from LCC’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Tonya Bailey. Be sure to include the #HOWWEHEAL in all of your postings and discussions.
Additional Resources - What can you do?
1. Have a conversation
Anyone can have a conversation about racism with their family, friends, or in their workplace using the conversation guide provided on this page. Businesses, organizations, and individuals can hang a posters or solidarity or change profiles pictures within your web-based platforms (WebEx, Zoom, TEAMS, Skype etc.) to show support for the week.
2. Engage on social media
Use the hashtag #HowWeHeal on your social media platforms.
3. Support Racial Healing and Transformation Week
We encourage everyone to participate in the Racial Healing and Transformation Week events sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion before and beyond. This week is a great time to reflect on how we can continue the MLK and civil rights legacy and work toward racial healing. Everyone has a role to play as we start to recognize our shared humanity and how racism has harmed us all collectively in different ways. Let’s work together for change and transformation as well as engaging with others from different backgrounds.
4. Read along with Beyond the Book facilitators, faculty, staff and students and have transformative discussions
Some suggested reading The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. A few others have been on the KZCF staff reading list in the past are Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley.
5. Attend an event
Attend free virtual and public events hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Encourage students and colleagues to join in on the courageous conversations. See planned events on this page.
6. Engage beyond January 22
Efforts from the week-long events will continue throughout the year. People can support the process by participating in the Let’s Get WORKING campaign launching this spring, volunteer with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or LCC groups that focuses on racial justice, and commit to challenging assumptions about people from different backgrounds and speak up to any and all forms of injustice or discrimination.
25 Crucial Books about Racism in America
- A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
- The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry
- We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
- The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The Mis-Education Of The Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
- Barn Burning by William Faulkner
- I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
- Eyes On The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years
- Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson
- Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
- Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Bound For the Promised Land by Kate Clifford Larson
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
- Death of Innocence by Mamie Till-Mobley
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
- Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Free At Last: A History Of The Civil Rights Movement And Those Who Died In The Struggle by Sara Bullard.