The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center focuses on eliminating system-inflicted trauma and its long-term deleterious impacts on the community.
Austin Community College (ACC) envisions a community where race, ethnicity, and other human differences are no longer predictors of success and well-being in any sector. The TRHT Campus Center will 1) be the community nexus for developing cross-racial relationship-building opportunities; 2) provide spaces for ongoing interactive learning experiences to promote the healing of wounds caused and exacerbated by racism; 3) promote healing through facilitated dialogues to excavate the history of racism and its current predictable impact on individuals and groups; 4) engage and convene communities to focus on assets, promote self-advocacy, and leverage partnerships to promote racial equity in systems; and 5) support institutional capacity-building through leadership development for accountability for racial equity.
~John Lewis, at the 1963 March on Washington
"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
“To really realize this vision of a unifying effort is going to take work. And that is the work that we call healing, or racial healing work. That’s the work of coming together as human beings and finding, as Albert Einstein would say, ways to see ourselves in the face of the other. Ways to increase our capacities for empathy and compassion and ways to expand our circles of human compassion and engagement.”
~ Dr. Gail Christopher
- former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), visionary and architect of the WKKF-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America.
“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”
~Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rabbi, Jewish theologian and philospher
"Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just wrong.”
Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King, Jr. share a good laugh!
Source: “My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance" by Harry Belafonte.