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 19, 2021, will be the fifth 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.
Join our Community Conversation
Join us on ALA's social media channels on January 19 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
- 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.
- Recommended reading lists on race and equality (all ages and reading levels)
- Ready-to-use discussion questions for books including Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” and Elizabeth Acevedo’s “the Poet X,” available for free through ALA’s Great Stories Club
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 email@example.com or call 800-545-2433, ext. 4294.