National Day of Racial Healing

The University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development along with the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement and other partners across the state will be celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing through a variety of events. You can view events and register here:

On January 19, 2021, the day after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the State of Arkansas will observe the sixth annual “National Day of Racial Healing.”  This will be the second consecutive year that this day will be observed in our state. As part of Arkansas’s inaugural observance in January 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson became the first governor to issue a gubernatorial proclamation.  To view the proclamation, please go here:

One of the goals for the 2021 observance is to have Arkansas become the first state where ALL of its mayors, county judges, and school superintendents issue proclamations, along with Governor Asa Hutchinson.  You can view an example proclamation made by the City of Fayetteville HERE. Help us reach our goal by issuing a proclamation in your city and sending your proclamation to:

Kwami Abdul-Bey, Co-Convenor

Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM)

2021 NDORH Proclamations

2513 McCain Boulevard, Suite 2-221

North Little Rock, AR 72116

The APJMM is available to consult with members of your jurisdiction to ensure your jurisdiction’s active participation in the 2021 virtual observance.

If you are interested in sharing your proclamation through the CDI Network, please contact Shelby Fiegel at or 501-450-5269.

About the National Day of Racial Healing

In 2017, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States, established the National Day of Racial Healing as part of its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) process, which was a restructuring of its funding priorities to promote healing as a critical path for ending racial bias and creating a society in which all children can thrive.  Choosing the TRHT motto “We choose healing over hatred, belonging over bias, and unity over division,” numerous organizations and municipalities through America joined WKKF to host annual events that centered on truth telling and trust building that can lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future.