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WSW: Healing Circles Central to New Racial Healing Project


NOTE: The Jan. 22nd event is canceled due to inclement weather. The new date will be announced on

Healing circles are among the next steps in a racial healing project underway in Kalamazoo. The city is one of 14 nationwide being funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to work to eradicate structural racism. Hear an update from Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and activist-rapper Ed Genesis, as well as details about the local observance of the National Day of Racial Healing set for Jan. 22, scheduled for the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Activist Ed Genesis & Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation

They say people will learn more about the project as well as enjoy music, poetry, the sharing of stories and food at "The National Day of Racial Healing: Celebrating How We Heal" celebration planned for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Girl Scouts building, located at 601 W. Maple St. in Kalamazoo. The free event is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.  Genesis will be the master of ceremony.

The Kellogg Foundation began the National Day in 2017 to kick off its Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation long-term initiative, also known as TRHT. 

Check out a shorter interview that aired on WMUK's WestSouthwest Brief.

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