Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation

The Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation (TRHT) program is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

This program was created by the Kellogg Foundation in an attempt to unearth and address the deeply held and subconscious beliefs created by racism.

 

Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Battle Creek is one of fourteen communities across the country implementing this important work. The Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation’s aim is to serve as a catalyst for a racial equity movement in Battle Creek that transforms the way we live, work and interact as a community.

The Coalition is guided by a Community Leadership Team comprised of community members, from activists to organization leaders that guide planning, action and evaluation.

Our priorities and strategies are driven by the community. Individuals across racial and ethnic identities, and from various walks of life, experiences, vocations and levels of influence, work together in teams aligned with the pillars of the Framework:

Narrative Change

The Narrative Change Team creates educational opportunities for a shared understanding of history and race, often as it relates to local and national practices and policies. Additional activities include documenting and distributing inclusive storytelling from marginalized communities and challenging incomplete versions of racial history and contemporary narratives that perpetuate stereotypes.

Racial Healing & Relationship Building

The Racial Healing & Relationship Building Team creates brave spaces for honest conversations and shared learning about race and racism within and across racial identities. The Team provides relationship and trust-building activities, such as racial healing circles, that bring people together and reaffirm the humanity in all of us.

Beyond Separation

The Beyond Separation Team is building a coalition of community members, activists, organization leaders and city government to address policy and practices that serve as barriers to opportunity and equity in the community. The Team has identified housing and segregation as priority focus areas and is working to develop partnerships and sustainable solutions to eliminate disparities.

Law

We are currently exploring the development of a Law Team to address discriminatory civil and criminal laws, practices and policies, and to create opportunities for communication and relationship-building between community members and law enforcement.

We all can and should play a role in creating a more inclusive and equitable community. We encourage community members and organizations to take ownership of the TRHT principles and weave them into the fabric of the community, embedding TRHT in all aspects of the work we do alone and in collaboration with one another.

Current Projects & Activities

Battle Creek Did Not Burn Oral History Project

The city of Battle Creek did not burn during the Civil Rights Movement, but neither was it immune to the tumult of the 1960s. Stop-and-frisk police practices, discriminatory housing covenants, the expulsions of student demonstrators, the paucity of black teachers in our schools and black leaders in our board rooms are all dark chapters in our community’s long march in pursuit of racial justice. And yet march we did, thanks to the vision and dedication of people such as Frederick Beatty, the Black Recondos, Donald Sherrod, Evelyn Golden, Clifton V. Bullock and so many others. It is their stories, rather than those stains on our past, that define us. And yours, too. History is best told not through textbooks or in the faded pages of old newspapers, but through the voices of those who lived it, who bear witness to both the struggles and the triumphs of their times. The mission of this Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation oral history project is to rediscover, record and share those stories—our stories. If you have a story to contribute, we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to share your story of your experience in Battle Creek during this important era in our history, and/or if there are individuals you would like to recommend to be interviewed for this important project, please email us at bctrht@gmail.com.

If you are interested in being an interviewer, please contact us at bctrht@gmail.com.

Battle Creek Did Not Burn is a collaborative project of the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation and Willard Library.

Racial Healing Circles

A Racial Healing Circle involves bringing a group of individuals together to share individual truths, history and stories through honest, heartfelt conversations. A Circle lifts what unites us rather than what divides us, while discovering, respecting and honoring the unique experiences of each person. A trained racial healing practitioner or a pair facilitates the circle, leading the dialogue with questions that provoke conversations.A Racial Healing Circle involves bringing a group of individuals together to share individual truths, history and stories through honest, heartfelt conversations. A Circle lifts what unites us rather than what divides us, while discovering, respecting and honoring the unique experiences of each person. A trained racial healing practitioner or a pair facilitates the circle, leading the dialogue with questions that provoke conversations.

Information about opportunities to participate in public racial healing circles or to bring a racial healing circle into your workplace or community group will be coming soon!

Upcoming Events

Affinity Receptions and Community Dinner

Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Location: Record Box Loft15 Carlyle Street, Battle Creek MI

Registration required.