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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


National Day of Racial Healing


The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the Moritz College of Law are co-hosting local events for the National Day of Racial Healing. All events are free and open to the public.

The National Day of Racial Healing is a time to contemplate our shared values and create the blueprint together for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Launched on Jan. 17, 2017, it is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

This annual observance is hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and was created with and builds on the work and learnings of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners. Fundamental to this day is a clear understanding that racial healing is at the core of racial equity. This day is observed every year on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Graphic of the announcement for the National Day of Racial Healing on Jan 18, 2022 #HowWeHeal

Our theme and schedule:

Reconciling the Past to Move Forward

All sessions will be held on Zoom. 

10:30-12:00   Racial Healing Through Agricultural History

Agriculture has a rich yet complex history. On this panel, we will hear from Rep. Juanita Brent (D-12), a Ranking Member of the Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Dr. Julialynne Walker, JD, international food justice and agriculture advocate and founder of Bronzeville Growers Market and Bronzeville Agricademy, and August Taylor, Garden Manager for the Maroon Arts Group Box Park Garden and Communications and Outreach Associate at Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association (OEFFA). Join us as we discuss the historic racial trauma of agriculture and the reemergence of BIPOC farmers in an effort to reconnect to the land and sustainable agricultural work.

12:15-12:45   Debrief and Networking

The debrief and networking sessions are intended to serve as a space where people can engage in the kinds of less formal interactions that organically evolve when programs are held in person. It can be a used as a space to debrief the previous session, dive deeper into a topic, ask questions, utilize breakout rooms for smaller group discussions, etc.

1:00-2:15       Film Discussion: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Join us for a facilitated discussion about the James Baldwin film "I Am Not Your Negro." The film, which has a runtime of 1h 35m, can be streamed for free on the following sites:  Pluto TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Crackle. It is available with subscription at Netflix and Hulu (premium). Participants will need to watch the film on their own prior to the session. 

About the film (from Wikipedia):

  • I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film and social critique directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's recollections of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

2:30-3:00       Debrief and Networking 

3:00-4:15       Live Stream of National Event (you must RSVP with the Kellogg Foundation separately)

The live stream of the national event features speakers, panels, and performances. You can watch last year's event at

Click here to register for any of the four local sessions

What is Racial Healing?

Racial healing is a process that restores individuals and communities to wholeness, repairs the damage caused by racism and transforms societal structures into ones that affirm the inherent value of all people. It makes it possible to acknowledge and speak the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and to address present-day consequences for people, communities and institutions.

Racial healing can facilitate trust and build authentic relationships that bridge divides created by real and perceived differences. We believe it is essential to pursue racial healing prior to making change in a community. Because, before you can transform systems and structures, you must start with people first.