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File #: 12150-22    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Proclamation Status: Presented & Filed
File created: 1/21/2022 In control: County Council
On agenda: 1/25/2022 Final action: 1/25/2022
Title: Proclamation declaring January 18, 2022 to be National Day of Racial Healing in Allegheny County.
Sponsors: Olivia Bennett, Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis
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Proclamation declaring January 18, 2022 to be National Day of Racial Healing in Allegheny County.

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WHEREAS, in 2017, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States, established the National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) as part of its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) process; and

WHEREAS, NDORH is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity, and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world; and

WHEREAS, every year, NDORH is celebrated on the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with this year marking the Sixth Annual NDORH; and

WHEREAS, the process of healing is different for everyone and it can happen on a personal, cultural, and systemic level. For communities to heal we must lead with justice, working toward systemic change and transformation as well as engaging with others from different backgrounds. Everyone has a role to play in this transformation; and

WHEREAS, our region has been served by the efforts of many who have dedicated their time, talents, efforts, and experience to help us heal as a community. Locally, Dr. Jerome Taylor, PhD in Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh has been a leader in this effort; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Taylor was instrumental in putting a group of talented individuals together in writing “No Justice and no Freedom in American Society and its Schools: Can Churches Enable Reversals of These Trends?” This group was made up of: Tommie Nell, MAPS Student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Michael Tillotson, PhD in Africana Studies, State University of New York - Cortland, Lenall Thomas, MSW, PhD at Center for Family Excellence, Inc., Eugene Tull, DrPH, Inter-American Center for Public Health Improvement, Inc. in the Virgin Islands, and Willa Doswell, PhD, FAAN in the School of N...

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