1.17.17 National Day of Racial Healing


Dear Colleagues,

Given all of the divisiveness in American society today, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has championed the idea of celebrating the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a National Day of Racial Healing.  Tuesday, January 17th is the first day of a year of concentrated efforts to promote racial healing. GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington joins with the Kellogg Foundation in asking you to take part in this genuine effort to increase understanding and improve caring and respect for one another.

We recognize that it would be impossible to solve all of our problems in a single day or year – but we also believe that getting engaged is how we do the work of racial healing. Whether it is your first step or your millionth, racial healing is a lifelong journey for all of us.

The just and equitable future the members and staff of GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington envisioned in our guiding principles, mission, and strategic directions are a vision of a region that is guided by human values in which all people are treated with respect and dignity and given equal opportunities to thrive. Building off of this vision, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is proud to support this effort, and invites you to participate in any way you choose. Below are a list of ten suggestions on how to engage.  

10 Things You Can Do to Honor National Day of Racial Healing

There are many ways to engage in this work, and we hope that you will send us your insights and suggestions.


UPDATE: Connect Central Oregon is organizing several service projects in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Click the link to learn more about how to get involved today.