Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)

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In our next step in pursuit of racial equity, an unprecedented Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) will help communities embrace racial healing and uproot the unconscious and conscious beliefs in racial hierarchy.

This is a national and community-based process designed to engage communities in racial healing and change efforts that address current inequities linked to the belief in a racial hierarchy. It is an adaptation of some of the most recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) models.

This is a multi-year effort designed to engage local, regional and national organizations in both the public and private sectors to explore historic patterns and structural racism, so that we may begin to identify both short- and long-term strategies for meaningful change across the country.

Our goal is to bridge deeply embedded divides and generate the will, capacities and resources required for achieving greater equity across the nation. We believe, if we are able to tell a story broader than the dominant narrative about our country’s history, we can heal our communities for a stronger future for all children.

W.K.Kellogg Foundation

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation will bring together nonprofit, social justice, corporate, government, religious and community leaders to authentically explore and expose current racial realities, related historic patterns, as well as short- and long-term strategies for meaningful change.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has more than 70 diverse organizations who have expressed support or willingness to collaborate, and may be participating in the co-design process and in working groups during the next 4 to 6 months. The organizations represent corporate, nonprofit, civil rights and civic organizations.


  • Advancement Project

  • AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

  • American Library Association

  • American Public Health Association

  • American Society for Public Administration

  • Arab American National Museum

  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice

  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities

  • Be Bold Media

  • Beloved Community Center of Greensboro

  • Black Women’s Blueprint

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America

  • Center for Policing Equity

  • The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University

  • Center for Social Inclusion

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • College Unbound

  • Color of Change

  • Coming to the Table

  • Common Cause

  • Community Action Partnership

  • Council for a Strong America

  • Council of State Governments

  • Council on Social Work Education

  • Demos

  • Project

  • Even This

  • Farmworker Justice

  • First Alaskans Institute

  • Futuro Media Group

  • Government Alliance on Race and Equity

  • Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

  • Health Equity Initiative

  • Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life

  • Initiatives of Change

  • International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies

  • International City/County Management Association

  • Jack and Jill of America

  • Jobs With Justice

  • Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance

  • Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

  • Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance

  • Little Black Pearl

  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

  • MACRO Ventures

  • Maine-Wabanaki REACH


  • National Alliance for Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing

  • National Association of Community and Restorative Justice

  • National Civic League

  • National Collaborative for Health Equity

  • National Compadres Network

  • National Congress of American Indians

  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

  • National Council of La Raza

  • National Indian Child Welfare Association

  • National League of Cities

  • National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College

  • National Park Foundation

  • National Urban League

  • Neighborhood Associates Corporation

  • Northeastern University School of Journalism

  • Perception Institute

  • Opportunity Finance Network

  • PICO National Network

  • Poverty & Race Research Action Council

  • Progress Investment Management Company

  • Quad Caucus

  • Race Forward

  • Radio Bilingüe

  • Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth


  • Schultz Family Foundation

  • Search for Common Ground

  • Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

  • Sojourners

  • Southeastern Council of Foundations

  • Southern Poverty Law Center

  • SOZE Productions

  • SPACEs

  • State Priorities Partnership

  • Steps Coalition

  • Third Sector New England

  • Transformative Justice Coalition

  • University and Community Action for Racial Equity at the University of Virginia

  • Urban Peace Institute

  • US Human Rights Network

  • W. Haywood Burns Institute

  • Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

  • William Winter Institute at Ole Miss

  • Within Our Lifetime Network



  • Dolores Acevedo Garcia

    director, Institute for Child Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

  • Algernon Austin

    Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Policy Solutions

  • Lloyd Asato

    executive director, Asian Pacific Community in Action

  • Douglas Blackmon, author

    Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

  • Hon. Thomas P. Boyd, Judge

    55th Judicial District Court, Ingham County, Michigan

  • David Campt


  • Ruben E Canedo

    research and mobilization coordinator, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, UC Berkeley

  • Albino Garcia

    executive director, La Plazita

  • Phillip Atiba Goff

    co-founder and president, Center for Policing Equity

  • John McCoy

    senator, Washington State Senate

  • Judy Morse

    deputy mayor for citywide initiatives, City of New Orleans

  • Erica Okezie-Phillips

    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

  • Michelle Otero

    writer, actor and facilitator; creative director, Valle Encantado

  • Nate Parker

    actor, director, writer, producer and musical performer

  • Manuel Pastor, Ph.D.

    director of USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

  • Colette Rausch

    associate vice president, United States Institute of Peace

  • Alex Rodriguez

    vice president for development and contract manager, Innovative Consultants International

  • Dr. Mischa Thompson

    policy advisor, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)

  • Lynn Todman

    executive director of population health, Lakeland Health System

  • David R. Williams, Ph.D.

    Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Leah Wing

    senior lecturer in the Legal Studies Program, Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Planning Process

We are adapting the lessons from many Truth and Reconciliation efforts around the world to create a timely and unprecedented process for communities in the United States, including:

  • Defining any precipitating events leading to the current reality. 
  • Thoroughly documenting and retaining all records of public events.
  • Reporting out outcomes of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) process. 

During the next six months, TRHT working groups will meet to develop tactical opportunities, processes and protocols including the identification of commission members and a roadmap for local, regional and national engagement.

A national commission will oversee the activities, and will be complemented by locally-focused and locally-led efforts to engage, inspire and mobilize a movement to bring about lasting change. Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick have agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs of the national commission. - W.K. Kellogg Foundation

“To get results, to keep moving toward equality, our ranks must swell with those committed to racial progress … committed to providing opportunities for all of our nation’s children.”

- La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO

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