Community Dialogue: On Racial Healing and Expressions of Hope and Justice

On January 16, 2018, Mixed Roots Stories will join communities around the country in the 2nd annual National Day of Racial Healing. The #NDORH is a call for racial healing and taking collective action to create a more just and equitable world. Our purpose at Mixed Roots Stories is to provide a space for creative and critical examination of race and racism that acknowledges multidimensional identities and the mixed experience. Because the #NDORH traditionally takes place the day after the official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this year we would like to engage our community by discussing Dr. King’s legacy and what it may mean for people and families with mixed roots.

From 12 pm PST to 1 p.m. PST, we will post questions on Facebook and Twitter and engage with anyone who would like to comment and share their thoughts. Afterward, we hope you will carry out these and similar conversations with members of your family who may have different experiences and perceptions of racial and cultural identity.

  • In the past, what activities have you participated in to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy?
  • How would you like to work in service of Dr. King’s legacy in the present?
  • Has your view of Dr. King changed over the years? If so, how?
  • Consider this quote by Dr. King:  

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

What might this ‘demanding’ look like by the mixed community? How does it align with the purpose of the #NDORH?

  • What’s on your playlist to inspire hope and change? We’ll put your answers together in a playlist.
  • What’s on your reading list for 2018 to inspire hope and change? We’ll create a book list.
  • What organizations are you involved in that inspire hope and change? We will share to help these orgs gain exposure.
  • Let’s make a plan for next year’s #NDORH. What kinds of activities would you like to engage in?

Thanks so much for participating with us this year. We hope you’ll come back to honor the #NDORH with us next year, or create an event of your own to invite us to participate in.

National Day of Racial Healing Playlist

Click here to join our collaborative Spotify playlist and add your favorite songs of hope and justice.