Founded in 2017, the battle creek coalition for truth, racial healing, and transformation joins 13 additional TRHT sits, the American library association, and more than 20 campuses across the country.
Initiated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, trht members address the historic and contemporary effects of racism while bringing about transformational and substantial change.
2022 LOCAL Programming
2022 National Day of Racial Healing Mayoral Proclamation at City Commission Meeting
The City of Battle Creek will issue its sixth proclamation to recognize the National Day of Racial Healing 2022, urging residents to promote racial healing and transformation and supporting ongoing community activities to build an equitable and just Battle Creek.
Join us Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00pm in the City Commission Chambers (Room 301).
Drumming, Dancing, and Vaccine Clinic at the Black Expo & MLK Celebration 2022
The Urban League is hosting a Black Expo and MLK Celebration at the Kellogg Arena, in partnership with the African American Collaborative and TRHT. At 6 PM, Kuungana Drum and Dance Company, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, and others will provide invigorating and cultural drumming performances. Participants will also be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Celebrate with us Monday, January 17th, from 1-8:00pm at the Kellogg Arena.
Virtual Book Launch - How We Heal: An Anthology of Personal Testimonies about Racial Healing in Battle Creek
Twenty-five Battle Creek neighbors answered TRHT’s call for submissions for the 2021 racial healing book project. A selection of authors will read excerpts from this powerful book with local connections. This event is co-sponsored by Willard Library.
Launch will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00pm.
Racial Healing Practitioner Training
TRHT will be hosting a free, racial healing practitioner training over 11 weeks, starting on February 10 through April 21, 2022. Participants will join TRHT’s racial healing practitioner cohort to create and facilitate spaces for racial healing in the community. Check out TRHT's group agreements that we use when facilitating, here.
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2022; All training sessions will be virtual.
The Necessity of Black Homeownership
Increasing Black homeownership is necessary. People who own their homes end up with an average of 45 times the wealth of renters. Yet only 27% of Black families own their home in Battle Creek.
One way to help close the racial wealth divide and advance racial prosperity is to support increasing Black homeownership. African American homeowners and an African American Realtor will explain the process for buying a home and share their experiences.
Participants will receive a free printed copy of the Battle Creek Homebuyer Guide. This event is co-sponsored by the Southwestern Michigan Urban League, the Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors, and TRHT.
Attend in-person at New Level Sports, 400 W Michigan Ave (food served at 5:30pm), or virtually on Thursday, January 20th at 6:00pm.
Hearts in the streets & Yard Sign campaign
Co-sponsored with the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce and Willard Library, here are three ways to get involved:
1) Battle Creek residents and organizations are invited to complete Commitment Cards which may be found at this link https://tinyurl.com/yjsckbjn or may be picked up at Willard Library Downtown or Helen Warner Branch.
2) Demonstrate your support for the movement by placing a yard sign and decal at your house and/or place of work. To pick up a free yard sign and decal, visit Willard Library Downtown or Helen Warner Branch. For more details, check out TRHT’s website.
3) Racial healing starts with the heart. Look outdoors for volunteers across the community who will be carrying large red hearts and leaving behind yard signs at the locations they visit! If you take a photo with a heart, upload it to social media #BCRaceToHeal
Campaign begins on Tuesday, January 18th, from 10am – 6pm.