Libraries Respond: National Day of Healing

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The American Library Association (ALA) is joining forces with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's (WKKF) Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) enterprise to engage our member community in racial healing as an opportunity to broaden and deepen our personal and joint commitment to social justice in equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

01.17.17, #TRHT, #THEDAYTOHEAL On January 17, 2017, the WKKF, ALA, and more than 130 organizations across the country will participate in a National Day of Healing.The event will kick off a year-long effort to bring healing to the United States, to build bridges and ensure a more perfect union and oneness within our country. 

The past year has been particularly hard on communities of color, American Indians, the GLBT community, women, immigrants, and people with marginalized identities. As a profession, library workers are accustomed to advocating for these communities on the local and national level. Although, that will continue to be a major focus, ALA is asking that our members also be mindful of their whole selves and own identities as we continue our public and honest conversations around equity, diversity, and inclusion within the association. Within the profession and within the association, we too are part of these communities. 


1. Proclaim a new narrative that refutes the ideology of a hierarchy of human value

2. Acknowledge that there are still deep divisions in America that must be overcome and healed

3. Commit to engaging with one another to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another


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Why January 17?

January 17th was selected because it fell after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and before the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. 


The American Library Association (ALA) is a proud Partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, through the Truth, Racial healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Enterprise. 

For more information, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at or call 800-545-2433, ext. 4294. 

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