On January 28th W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announced the next phase of their racial equity work: Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. This work aims to build upon the momentum in cities across the United States to openly discuss and take action to address racial disparities in our country.  NCL is proud to be a key partner in supporting the Foundation’s efforts in this arena.  NCL will be working with WKKF on this initiative in several capacities including highlighting this important work at the 2016 All-America City Awards. The purpose of the process and related activities is to “bridge embedded divides and generate the will, capacities and resources required for achieving greater equity.” Our 2016 partnership builds on the Kellogg Foundation’s previous support of the 2015 All-America City Awards that highlighted projects that engaged and supported vulnerable boys in young men.

One of the goals of the All-America City Awards has always been to celebrate diverse and inclusive efforts and share those with a national audience and we are excited to be able to deepen those efforts through this partnership. The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) process will engage local communities in “racial healing and change efforts that address present inequities linked to historic and contemporary beliefs in racial hierarchy.” With the 2016 All-America City Award’s focus on ensuring that all kids are healthy and supported in school and life, our partnership with Kellogg helps to draw further attention to the critical work of addressing systemic inequality that has created an uneven disbursement of opportunities for youth.

“TRHT will follow a proven and structured process for implementing change that can allow all children to thrive and have opportunities to succeed. Specifically, the TRHT enterprise will prioritize inclusive, community-based healing activities and policy design that seek to change collective community narratives and broaden the understanding that Americans have for their diverse experiences. TRHT will assemble national and local commissions that will hold public meetings on the consequences of racial inequity and work toward mobilizing systems and structures to create more equitable opportunities.”

For more information on WKKF’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Initiative visit here: https://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/racial-equity/truth-racial-healing-transformation

For more information on how to apply for the 2016 All-America City Award visit here or contact us at aac@ncl.org