Screen Shot 2017-07-08 at 11.06.59 AMBATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in late June (6/28) announced grant support to 14 places throughout the country where its co-designed, trailblazing Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework will be implemented. Click here to view their announcement.

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 was launched in January 2016 with a year-long design phase and builds upon and complements the foundation’s decades-long commitment to advancing racial healing and racial equity throughout the U. S.

“TRHT’s purpose is to improve our ability as communities and as a country to see ourselves in each other, so that we can share a more equitable future for all children to thrive,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation. “This work is essential because we must bridge the divides in our country. Now more than ever, we must all act in big and small ways to help people heal from the effects of racism.”

With TRHT moving into its implementation phase, WKKF is awarding 10 grants, for nearly $24 million, over the next two-to-five years to help diverse, multi-sector coalitions in 14 places implement the foundation’s TRHT process and framework, co-developed in the 2016 design phase.

A primary focus will be jettisoning the deeply held, and often unconscious beliefs that undergird racism – the main one being the belief in a hierarchy of human value. This belief, which has fueled racism and conscious and unconscious bias throughout American culture, is the perception of a person’s or group’s inferiority or superiority based on physical characteristics, race, ethnicity or place of origin.