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Healing from a History of Racial Violence: National Day of Racial Healing with TRHT Selma and Live Free USA

On January 16th, TRHT Selma in partnership with the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation (SCNTR) and Live Free USA, hosted a compelling virtual National Day of Racial Healing event. This significant day brought together influential voices, including Pastor Mike McBride, Director of Live Free USA, to delve into America’s deeply rooted history of racial violence and its continuing impact on society.

The event featured an enlightening discussion that traced the historical trajectory from the enslavement of Africans to the contemporary challenges of gun violence and poverty, particularly affecting Black communities. Pastor Mike McBride, alongside SCNTR Executive Director Ainka Jackson and the SCNTR Director of Programs Lydia Chatmon, led the conversation.

The dialogue tackled hard-hitting topics, examining the link between America's violent past and the prevalent issue of mass shootings today. The panelists discussed the concept of epigenetics, exploring how historical trauma is inherited and manifests in the present day, influencing the current cycles of violence and systemic racism.

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Pastor Mike McBride, Ainka Jackson, and Lydia Chatmon discuss the legacy of violence in the United States.

A significant portion of the discussion was dedicated to the idea of reparations and what they could mean for healing a nation still grappling with its past injustices. The conversation aimed not only to acknowledge the pain but also to explore tangible steps towards healing and restitution.

The event successfully connected with a wide audience, with over 600 views across platforms. This broad engagement underscores the importance and urgency of addressing racial healing head-on. For those who missed the live event, the recorded session remains accessible, providing a vital resource for education and reflection. The conversations can be revisited on SCNTR's Facebook and YouTube channels, offering an opportunity for more people to engage with these crucial discussions.

You can watch the recording of the event on Facebook here:

Continuing the Conversation

The National Day of Racial Healing is just one step in the ongoing journey towards understanding and overcoming the deep-seated issues of racial injustice. TRHT Selma, SCNTR, and Live Free USA are committed to fostering these discussions, pushing forward the narrative of nonviolence and equitable justice.

This event is a reminder of the power of dialogue and the need for comprehensive approaches to address the historical and contemporary forms of racial violence. It encourages everyone to reflect on their own positions within these systems and to actively participate in the collective healing process. If you feel that taking steps to heal the racial violence that has taken such a toll on the people and history of the United States and beyond, please consider making a donation to support our work. You can also join our monthly newsletter to

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