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The National Day of Racial Healing 2023

Buffalo partnered with three other community foundations across New York State for a special event to celebrate the National Day of Racial Healing on January 17, 2023. Heather McGhee, New York Times best-selling author and one of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers, discussed some of her findings as she traveled across the country researching for her book, The Sum of Us, which reveals the devastating true cost of racism — not just for people of color, but for everyone.

More than 800 participants virtually joined the event, which included a question and answer portion moderated by Felicia Beard, Associate Vice President, Racial Equity Initiatives at the Community Foundation, and an opening video featuring Justice Rose H. Sconiers, Roundtable Chair. Although the full event was not recorded, the opening video can be found below:

The National Day of Racial Healing annual observance was created by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Fundamental to this day is a clear understanding that racial healing is at the core of racial equity. This day is observed every year on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn more here and mark your calendars for the 2024 National Day of Racial Healing on January 16, 2024.