National Day of Racial Healing Virtual Events

Please join Oakton Community College, and partners throughout our communities, for virtual events and other equity-related offerings, centered around National Day of Racial Healing.

Jan. 19, 2021, will be the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing. The day was established in 2017 by more than 550 leaders from around the United States who wanted to set aside a day to take action together.

The following is a list of public events:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program
Presented by Oakton's Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity.
Monday, Jan. 18, 2-3 p.m.
Via Zoom
Register in advance

Title: Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience: Dr. King's dream in 2021 American society

Description: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of inclusion still holds true for many Americans. However, Dr. King's thoughts and perspectives around equity for marginalized communities often go silent in the national discourse around his legacy.

Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors will discuss Dr. King's thoughts, messages, his legacy, and how we can all work to achieve the dream in 2021 America. Open to the public.

National Day of Racial Healing: Solidarity to the Beat of One Drum

by Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation
Tuesday, Jan 19., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (CT)

The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations, and communities to call for racial healing, bring people together in their shared humanity and take action together to create a more just and equitable world.

NDORH 2021 is a virtual event that promotes cultural healing practices and multi-cultural drumming performances to guide and set the tone for racial healing circles.

This free, immersive event promotes cultural healing through Racial Healing Circles.

This is a public event.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore virtual lunchtime panel discussion

The National Day of Racial Healing occurs the day after MLK Day, and 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 Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore will host a virtual lunchtime panel discussion:

Racial Healing and Reparations: Two Steps Towards Transformation
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2020, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Register here.

Panelists include:

  • Monica Haslip, founder of Little Black Pearl in Bronzeville and a national trainer of racial healing circle practitioners for the 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
  • Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors (moderator), President of the Evanston North Shore Branch of the NAACP and Senior Pastor at Second Baptist Church, Evanston

Our guests 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. Please join us!

This event is funded in part by a grant from Healing Illinois, a statewide initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with Chicago Community Trust.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore virtual event:

Let’s Talk @ Lunch (virtual)
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 12-1 p.m.
Register here.

We’re taking Let’s Talk @ Lunch, an informal community discussion of current events through a racial equity lens, to Zoom!

Please grab some lunch, pull up a chair in your home, and join your virtual neighbors for a facilitated discussion. All are welcome!

YWCA Evanston/North Shore virtual event:

Microaggressions: Intent vs. Impact Workshop (virtual)
Monday, Jan. 25, 2 - 4 p.m.
Register here.

What are microaggressions? Can they hurt if they weren’t intended in a hurtful way? How do they impact our work environment? What are helpful responses when I see, commit, or have someone use one on me?

Participants in our Racial Equity Workshops develop a common vocabulary, so they can begin to use a “racial equity lens” as they analyze institutional racism. Led by trained facilitators, the group develops skills necessary to address racism at personal, interpersonal and systemic levels.