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Selma: Truth, Racial Healing and Transormation

July 1, 2017

The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF), which serves 12 counties in rural Alabama, was recently awarded a $3 million grant by the Kellogg Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to advance a shared agenda in Selma, Alabama, that eliminates institutionalized racism through data-driven systemic change with a focus on narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, law, separation and economy by implementing the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework.

 

“TRHT’s purpose is to improve our ability as communities and as a country to see ourselves in each other, so that we can share a more equitable future for all children to thrive,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation. “This work is essential because we must bridge the divides in our country. Now more than ever, we must all act in big and small ways to help people heal from the effects of racism.”

 

Even with such a significant investment, BBCF and its collaborative partners are facing a daunting task.  While much of the country has benefited from the community organizing and sacrifices made throughout the Black Belt region, Selma continues to be haunted by political, economic and social echoes that originated long before Blood Sunday.  The Kellogg Foundation grant is a good start, but the work will span at least four years and requires significant contributions from other major donors who are committed to helping to change the racial narrative in this country.

 

For more information about the Selma TRHT Project, or to pledge your support, please contact BBCF Project Director Robert Turner at rturner@blackbeltfound.org.

 

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