Through Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), communities around the country are addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism, while bringing about transformational and sustainable change. They’re engaging in racial healing processes and designing new approaches to systems that affect the daily lives of children, families and communities.
In Buffalo, New York, the third poorest city in the country and sixth most segregated, collaborators are utilizing the TRHT framework to provide mentorship and training as young men and boys of color embark on a journey of transformative racial equity and systems-changing work.
“The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation enterprise provided us with a framework to advance the status of our young men of color in this community,” explains Clotilde Perez-Bode, the president & CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
Dwayne Sawyer of Buffalo’s Breaking Barriers Buffalo Youth Leadership Council says, “Our lives matter. We have purpose. Everyone in this city, everyone in this world has purpose.”
Listen to young men in Buffalo describe their work in creating new policies that open opportunities for their peers.
In Kalamazoo, Mich., artist Ed Genesis says, “Housing is the cornerstone of America. However, in poverty-stricken communities just having simple shelter is the American dream.”
Like most cities around the United States, redlining and other discriminatory practices have led to segregation, separation and lack of adequate housing for people of color in Kalamazoo. So, community members and leaders are using the TRHT framework to bring the community together to advocate for everyone’s right to live in a safe and healthy home.
Watch this video to learn more about how the TRHT effort is bringing racial equity to Kalamazoo’s housing landscape.
TRHT work continues in the State of Alaska; Battle Creek, Flint, Kalamazoo and Lansing, Mich.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Buffalo, NY; Greater Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; and Selma, AL.