ALA joins W.K. Kellogg Foundation in observing 2020 National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 21

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/07/2020

Contact:

Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

ALA Public Programs Office

312-280-5061

sostman@ala.org

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and organizations across the country in observing the 2020 National Day of Racial Healing. Read the proclamation by ALA President Wanda Kay Brown.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, thousands will celebrate our common humanity and take collective action toward a more just and equitable world.

In commemoration, ALA invites library workers and others  to visit the National Day of Racial Healing website, especially the Library Action Kit, for ideas and ways to participate. These include:

  • Find an event near you or create a new event on the National Day of Racial Healing event calendar.
     
  • Offer reading recommendations, programming and displays at your library about race and equality and share messages of solidarity. To start, visit ALA’s compilation of recommended reading lists on race and equality for all ages and reading levels.
     
  • Convene a book discussion focused on themes of race, identity and healing. Download free, ready-to-use discussion questions and other resources from ALA’s Great Stories Club themes on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.
     
  • Take advantage of powerful online resources to explore equity, diversity and inclusion in your own life and organization. Self-reflect about your own implicit biases using Project Implicit’s free Implicit Association Tests. Consider whether unintended racial prejudices are part of your organization with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Race Matters: Organizational Self-Assessment.
     
  • Join the conversation on social media by letting us know how your library has implemented the recommendations above using the hashtags #LibrariesRespond, #HowWeHeal and #NDORH.

Conceived in 2016 through a collaborative effort of more than 550 U.S. leaders, the National Day of Racial Healing is a time to reinforce and honor our common humanity while celebrating the district differences that make our communities vibrant; acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed; and commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

The celebration is a part of the Kellogg Foundation’s 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.

ALA is one of 100 voluntary National Partner Organizations in the Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT efforts, along with 44 scholars, that participated in the 2016 TRHT design phase. More information is online at http://healourcommunities.org/.

More than 100 libraries nationwide are currently participating in ALA’s TRHT Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens through literature and racial healing work. The selected books encourage participants to look beneath the surface of racism in America to see how the past is alive in the present and explore the power of young people taking a stand against racism and other injustices to make the world a better place. The program is supported from a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. To be informed about future Great Stories Club grants, sign up for ALA’s Programming Librarian newsletter.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit www.ala.org.