The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is hosting a four-day convening with the nation’s leading civil rights, social justice and community leaders to engage participants in a collaborative process toward moving America from a “racialized democracy” to a more inclusive one. The extraordinary gathering will explore ways for diverse communities to engage in authentic efforts to address racial bias and to heal the racial wounds of the past that continue to create fear, antagonism and barriers to opportunities for vulnerable children.
The convening, held April 24 to April 27 in New Orleans, features leaders such as Harry Belafonte, entertainer and civil rights pioneer; Marc Morial, former New Orleans Mayor and president and CEO of the National Urban League; Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza; Jacqueline Johnson Pata, executive director of National Congress of American Indians; Maria Hinojosa, anchor and managing editor of NPR’s Latino USA; Rinku Sen, executive director of the Applied Research Center; Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP; Kathleen Ko, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum; Donna Brazile, political strategist and TV commentator; Charles Ogletree, Harvard University law professor and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; and many others.
“Our Healing for Democracy conference is designed to further the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s goal to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and their families in urban and rural communities across America,” said Sterling Speirn, the foundation’s president and CEO. “We are gathering nearly 500 people representing a broad range of ethnic communities to forge new relationships and to strategize on how we can work together to create equitable opportunities for our children’s future.”