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Resolution RS2018-1020

A resolution recognizing January 16, 2018 as the National Day of Racial Healing.

WHEREAS, the founding fathers of our country declared that our new government would be based on the truth that all people are created equal and should have equal access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; but the history of our democracy also includes chapters of slavery, exclusion, and racially based discrimination; and

WHEREAS, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), together with more than 130 organizations committed to its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise, are leading and promoting the second National Day of Racial Healing; and

WHEREAS, the day was established in 2017 by more than 550 U.S. leaders who wanted to set aside a day to take action together and find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant; acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed; and commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another; and

WHEREAS, the National Day of Racial Healing is a response to a broad call for racial healing following instances of contentious rhetoric, hate crimes, and vivid expressions of racism; and


Section 1: That January 16, 2018 is hereby recognized as National Day of Racial Healing, whereupon the Metropolitan Council encourages all citizens and organizations to participate in activities, events, and actions to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and to work to build an equitable and just society where all people can thrive.

Section 2: This resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Burkley Allen, Erica Gilmore, Sharon Hurt, Brett Withers, Jeremy Elrod, Jeff Syracuse, Kevin Rhoten, Freddie O'Connell, Tanaka Vercher, Colby Sledge

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Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJanuary 23, 2018

AdoptedJanuary 23, 2018

Returned unsigned by the MayorFebruary 8, 2018

Effective DateFebruary 8, 2018

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