The 2nd Annual National Day of Racial Healing event will take place on January 21, 2020 at Wayne State University in the McGregor Conference Center. This year’s event, which is generously sponsored by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, will engage more than 300 middle school teens including students from the lead-organizing school Detroit Public Schools Community District Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy. Other participating DPSCD schools will include Academy of the Americas and Davidson Elementary-Middle School. Partner schools will include: Beer Middle School, Farber Hebrew Day School, Franklin Middle School, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit.
These schools will gather for a day of experiential, age-appropriate and meaningful dialogue intentionally held the same week as national celebrations in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This very special day for our community will focus on the theme “Race: The Power of Illusion – How We Heal.” Specifically, this program will assist student participants in overcoming the social ills of racial discrimination. Like last year’s inaugural event, curriculum resources are provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Day of Racial Healing organizers from Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation have partnered this year with the InterFaith Leadership Council, Repair The World, the Detroit Center for Civil Discourse and the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC in order to connect with local volunteers interested in facilitating conversations between student participants as well as volunteers wanting to lend a hand by supporting day-of program logistics such welcoming participants and guiding students throughout the day.
Adult facilitators with a background in youth work are needed to support small group conversations. These volunteers must be 18+, comfortable discussing race, and available for BOTH an on-line training session on Tuesday January 14 at 5:00pm and the Day of Racial Healing event on Tuesday January 21, 8:30am – 2:00pm. Those interested in helping support day-of program logistics are welcome at any point in time throughout the day on January 21. As a small expression of appreciation, free on campus parking & lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Please share this email with your community, contacts, colleagues and friends as appropriate. In order to achieve maximum success, we are hoping to secure 20+ volunteers throughout the day! If you can lend your time and energy to this important Detroit event please click on these links to register to be a Day of Racial Healing Adult Facilitator or a Day-of Logistics Volunteer: