State College Borough Mayor Proclaims January 17 a National Day of Racial Healing
STATE COLLEGE, PA – January 16, 2017. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham of the Borough of State College proudly proclaims January 17, 2016 as a National Day of Racial Healing as part of a collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and more than 130 organizations.
Our city leaders recently adopted two resolutions aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in State College Borough in an effort to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society where all can thrive. The Mayor’s proclamation recognizes these efforts and points out that if “we all dedicate ourselves to the principles of truth, racial healing and transformation, we can all bring about the necessary changes in thinking and behavior that will propel this great nation forward as a unified force where racial bias will be a thing of the past.”
Mayor Goreham urges all residents to promote racial healing and transformation in ways that are best suited for them individually.
In the next few weeks, WKKF and its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) collaborating organizations will carry out a variety of events to mark the first ever National Day of Racial Healing. The TRHT, community, corporate and non-profit partners represent a collective network of nearly 300 million Americans.
"Communities, organizations and individuals are being asked to acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome,” said Dr. Gail Christopher, senior advisor and vice president for TRHT at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We have to come together to heal and commit to truth telling, engaging representatives from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another."
This proclamation, and all other proclamations issued by the Mayor, can be viewed at http://www.statecollegepa.us/2953/Proclamations.