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The Right to Read & Freedom to Learn

We believe all children deserve to experience the joy of reading and to have the freedom to learn and connect with books in which they see themselves represented – including their skin color, culture, background or where they live. We believe that literacy is a civil rights issue.

In Kalamazoo County, one in eight adults struggle to read. In 2022-23 the high school graduation rate for Black male students in Kalamazoo Public Schools was 47% compared to 66% statewide. About 87% of Black third graders were “partially or not proficient” in English.

We invite caregivers, parents, students, educators, elected officials and others to join in conversation on April 20th about literacy challenges in our community and to catalyze a plan for our right to read.

Registered participants will receive a link to watch the film The Right to Read in advance of the conversation.

Date

Apr 20 2024
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Time

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Location

Riverview Launch
1523 Riverview Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 US

Organizer

Michigan Transformation Collective
Email
team@mitransformation.org

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What is Transformation?

Racial healing is at the heart of racial equity. Racial healing is about:

  • the people work that leads to the transformation of systems;
  • the telling of hard truths about past wrongs and present consequences;
  • repairing the harm of racism;
  • replacing the deeply held system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people;
  • authentic relationship-building across real and perceived differences.

 

Without racial healing and building trust, changes in policies or practices are short-lived. Through healing and relationship-building, we can collectively develop new values that affect our everyday decisions in areas of policy making, hiring, education and housing – to name just a few.

What is Civic Health?

Racial healing is at the heart of racial equity. Racial healing is about:

  • the people work that leads to the transformation of systems;
  • the telling of hard truths about past wrongs and present consequences;
  • repairing the harm of racism;
  • replacing the deeply held system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people;
  • authentic relationship-building across real and perceived differences.

 

Without racial healing and building trust, changes in policies or practices are short-lived. Through healing and relationship-building, we can collectively develop new values that affect our everyday decisions in areas of policy making, hiring, education and housing – to name just a few.

What is Racial Healing?

Racial healing refers to the process of addressing and repairing the harm caused by racial injustice, discrimination, and systemic oppression.

It involves acknowledging historical and present-day injustices, fostering understanding and empathy across racial divides, and promoting reconciliation, healing, and solidarity among individuals and communities.

Racial healing recognizes the deep-seated trauma and intergenerational impact of racism on individuals, families, and society as a whole, and seeks to create spaces for healing, dialogue, and transformative change.

It encompasses personal, interpersonal, and systemic dimensions, and involves both individual reflection and collective action to address the root causes of racial inequity and promote equity, justice, and belonging for all.

Racial healing is a proactive and ongoing process that requires commitment, compassion, and collaboration from individuals, communities, institutions, and society at large.