Libraries Respond: National Day of Racial Healing

Libraries Respond logo


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. Read our Proclamation

The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

January 18, 2022, will be the sixth annual National Day of Racial Healing. The day was established in 2017 by more than 550 leaders from around the United States who wanted to set aside a day to take action together.

The past two years have been particularly hard on communities of color, American Indians, the LGBTQIA+ 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. 

Download the action guide for libraries

National Day of Racial Healing Guide for Libraries

Join our Community Conversation

Join us on ALA's social media channels on January 18 for a conversation around the National Day of Racial Healing and add to the conversation using #LibrariesRespond and #NDORH. As a community, we'd like to talk about:

  • Has your institution launched any initiatives to address racial inequities in libraries? 
  • What actions have you taken to explore your unconscious bias?

If you're looking for ways to get started, consider taking an Implicit Association Test Library workers, what workplace practices have you encountered or engaged in that reinforce inequity?
If you're looking for ways to get started, consider exploring the Race Matters: Organizational Self-Assessment


  1. Find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
  2. Acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed, and
  3. 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.



facebook logo
Twitter icon
Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation logo


  • #TRHT
  • #NDORH
  • #HowWeHeal
  • #racialhealing
  • #librariesrespond
  • #librariestransform

Because Libraries Inspire Understanding and Community Healing:  Libraries Transform image


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.