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Tomorrow, join the YWCA for the National Day of Racial Healing.

The National Day of Racial Healing, which is observed the day after MLK Day, is a call for racial healing, celebration of our common humanity, and to take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

As part of this event, the YWCA's Equity Institute will host a virtual lunchtime panel discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m:

Racial Healing and Reparations: Two Steps Towards Transformation.

Panelists include:

Monica Haslip, founder of Little Black Pearl in Bronzeville and a national trainer of racial healing circle practitioners for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative;

Robin Rue Simmons, Alderman of Evanston's 5th Ward and Chair of the Reparations Committee of the City of Evanston; and

Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors (moderator), President of the Evanston/North Shore Branch NAACP and Senior Pastor at Second Baptist Evanston.

Panelists will will discuss:

-- How can Racial Healing Circles impact a community in ways that lead to change?

-- What's the role of the individual, and of the collective, in supporting Reparations initiatives?

-- What do we need to know/do to be change agents?

There will be some time for Q and A as well. This event is free, but requires registration:

Then, starting on January 31, YWCA begins a series of Racial Healing Circles:

Racial healing recognizes the need to acknowledge and tell the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and address the present consequences. It is an experience and a tool that can facilitate trust and build authentic relationships that bridge divides created by real and perceived differences.

If you live, work or worship in Evanston you can register to participate in a series of three Racial Healing Circles. The first two will happen in racial affinity groups and the third session will be mixed across racial groups.

Register ONLY if they can participate in all three sessions.

Register here.

Please note: You will indicate all the Jan-Feb dates that work for you in the registration form. Starting in mid-January, YWCA will create the circles as registrations come in, and then confirm the dates that have been assigned to you.

Date options for first 2 sessions, in racial affinity groups:

Sundays 1/31, 2/7 1:00-2:30 pm Tuesdays 2/2, 2/9 9:30-11:00 am Tuesdays 2/2, 2/9 3:00-4:30 pm Wednesday 2/3, 2/10 6:30-8:00 pm Thursdays 2/4, 2/11 6:30-8:00 pm

Date options for final session, in mixed groups:

Tuesday 2/16 3:00-4:30 pm Thursday 2/18 6:30-8:00 pm Sunday 2/21 1:00-2:30 pm


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