The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club connects ALA’s longstanding Great Stories Club (GSC) literary programming model to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) efforts.
Launched by the Kellogg Foundation in 2016, TRHT is a comprehensive, 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. It seeks to unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism — including the belief in a hierarchy of human value. ALA is one of the 100 voluntary National Partner Organizations, along with 44 scholars, that participated in the 2016 TRHT design phase. Learn more about the Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts.
As part of the TRHT GSC project, libraries will engage more than 5,000 underserved young adults in transformative, humanities-based reading and discussion programming and racial healing sessions.
ALA is working with humanities scholars, programming librarians, racial healing practitioners and others in the development of new reading and discussion series inspired by WKKF’s TRHT process. Each new series engages libraries, community partners and underserved teen audiences in reading and discussing three theme-related books and participating in programs led by a racial healing practitioner. The project engages local communities in racial healing and change efforts that address present inequities linked to historic and contemporary beliefs in racial hierarchy.
The project seeks to bridge embedded divides and generate the will, capacities and resources required for achieving greater equity and healing, particularly in the lives of young adults facing personal challenges such as detention, incarceration, addiction, academic probation, poverty and homelessness.