With racial divisiveness rising across America, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), together with more than 130 organizations, is committed to an emerging Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise.  They are calling for an annual National Day of Healing, and the first was held on January 17, 2017.  Commemorations of all types and sizes were held around the nation.

The goal is to spur efforts to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and build an equitable and just society in which all children thrive. It is a response to the broad call for healing following the contentious rhetoric of recent months. Such calls for healing have come from both President Obama and President-elect Trump, as well as from leaders in 32 states.

Richmond is fortunate in having many groups committed to justice and reconciliation. This site will be a place for those in Richmond to connect with these groups and the important work they are doing.  It will also be a repository of stories that demonstrate what truth, racial healing, and transformation looks like in the lives of real people.

To be part of this national movement:

Share Your Story

“It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

Thank you for being part of the healing of metropolitan Richmond by sharing your story.  Use the form below to submit an experience you had that you feel speaks to the ideas of reconciliation, justice, restoration, or healing.  You may wish to visit our submission guidelines to help spark ideas.

Please complete the required fields.
In addition to your written text, we encourage you to submit a photograph that in some way reflects or illustrates your story.  It is completely optional, but if you do include an image, please be sure you have permission to share it and that we would have permission to publish it! Also, make sure the image is no larger than 1500x1500 pixels.

If you have any questions or problems, need to follow up on a previous submission, or would prefer to submit your story in some other way (e.g. audio, video, Word document), feel free to contact us.

Stories of Healing

“A lost coin is found by means of a candle; the deepest truth is found by means of a simple story.” ― Anthony De Mello

32 years of Healing

My story begins 32 years ago, 1984. I was opening a church child care center in the east end of Richmond and was sexually assaulted. It took me many years to begin the healing process, but 7 years ago I found out that I had misidentified the wrong person for the attack through the identification …

Called to be Reconcilers

“Koinonia” is a Greek word whose primary meaning focuses on the act of fellowship and the sharing of community, where people come together in love, faith and encouragement.

Author Philip Pullman has written, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

This is our story of koinonia.

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Photo Gallery

National Day of Healing Interfaith Gathering

January 17, 2017 – Richmond Hill

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