A movement to face the issues of privilege, race, and bias in Battle Creek is forming in the city.
The Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation is working to address the historic and current effects of racism and bring about transformational and sustainable change as part of the work the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's efforts in Michigan and other cities across the country.
The Coalition is organizing multiple events to which the public is invited. The convenings will be in two unique community spaces and will be co-facilitated by different community leaders. An objective of these convenings is that they will be a way for community members to grow a deeper sense of connection and relationship with one another to collectively engage in a unique process for truth, racial healing, and transformation in Battle Creek. Community members will gain a basic understanding of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation framework and local activities and begin to collaboratively define a collective dream for promoting racial equity and eliminating racism in Battle Creek; and take action by joining the TRHT Action Teams.
There will be a number of sessions convened in coming this spring. They are:
• Saturday, March 10, from 3-5 p.m. at the Kool Family Center Valentine Room, 200 West Michigan Ave, Battle Creek. It will be co-facilitated by Rev. Alvin Herring, Director of Racial Equity and Community Engagement with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Jorge Zeballos, Executive Director of the Center for Diversity & Innovation, and Rosemary Linares, Coordinator for the Battle Creek Coalition for TRHT.
• Saturday, April 21, from 3-5 pm at the Burma Center, 765 Upton Ave, Springfield, MI and co-facilitated by Jorge Zeballos and Rosemary Linares.
• Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 3-5 pm, pm at the Burma Center, 765 Upton Ave, Springfield, MI and co-facilitated by Kris Miller, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center for Southwest Michigan, and Rosemary Linares.
Childcare will be provided at the community convenings. Please RSVP for childcare, request to join the mailing list or ask questions by emailing BCTRHT@gmail.com
. To find out more information and RSVP for events, visit www.facebook.com/bctrht
The Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) is one of 13 other communities across the U.S. working on healing the nation's racial divide as part of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT effort.
Source: Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation