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Racism is devastating. It destroys communities, families and individual growth. Its impact on the collective is like a disease passed down generations. It separates, creating divisions. Racism at every level instills fear and ignorance. The National Day of Racial Healing is a day to start the healing process. For healing to begin, we need to first acknowledge the tragic history of systemic abuse on marginalized populations in the United States and have the courage to face, forgive and take unifying action to initiate dialog in a respectful and compassionate manner. Let's make this a day to celebrate unity through our unique heritage and history, and learn from our differences.

The National Day of Racial Healing began in 2017 under the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework introduced by the Kellogg Foundation. It invites organizations and communities across the United States to come together in common humanity and take collective action to initiate racial healing and help create a more just and equitable world. The Fifth Annual National Day of Racial Healing is set for Tuesday, Jan 19, one day before the inauguration of President-Elect Joseph R. Biden. This is a collaborative and collective endeavor to acknowledge racial injustice and initiate healing through shared experiences to build communication, understanding and respect for each other, irrespective of ethnic, identity group, race or religion. To attend the National Day of Racial Healing virtual event, please register online.

The Burlington County Library System stands by its community on the National Day of Racial Healing and offers the following titles of interest:

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Kanopy Films

Our streaming video provider offers a wide variety of documentaries and feature films that deal with race relations and issues faced by communities dealing with inequality.

  • One Drop Rule explores a recurring and divisive issue in African American communities -- skin color. The film inter-cuts intimate interviews with darker skinned African Americans, lighter skinned African Americans and inter-racial children of Black and white parents. In the process it investigates color consciousness, a sensitive topic within the Black community, with great tact and a clear commitment to healing divisions.
  • Tunisia – The Home of Harissa brings you to the North African coast for another small-plate tradition, known as mezze. After Chef Briwa demonstrates three such starters, watch as he prepares brik, a savory harissa-spiced pastry; a Tunisian tagine; and a chakchouka featuring merguez sausage - a food, along with preserved lemon, that reflects the country's Muslim faith. 
  • Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed-keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. These farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous people are fighting a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
  • In Jackson Heights, filmmakers explore the daily life of one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. Speak with the people in this community to learn about their businesses, community centers, religions, and political, cultural and social lives--and the conflict between maintaining ties to traditions of the countries of origin and the need to learn and adapt to American ways and values.
  • Awara Soup: Diversity in French Guiana dives deep into the history and culture behind a dish from French Guiana that blends diverse ingredients with a harmony of taste. just as the film itself explores the extraordinary cultural diversity of one small town. Using the cooking of this "magic dish" as a starting point, the film explores the multicultural reality composing this French overseas region.
  • My So-Called Enemy follows six courageous Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls who participated in a cross-cultural women's leadership program in the U.S. and documents how the transformative experience of knowing their "enemies" as human beings in US meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East over the next seven years.
  • I Am Not Your Negro is an Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, focused on the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. The film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.
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