Hope in the Cities News

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Troup County, GA, apology

The New York Times and other media outlets last week carried the story of an historic apology made in Troup County, GA. On January 26, 2017, the LaGrange’s police chief, Louis M. Dekmar, who is white, issued a rare apology for a Southern lynching. Seventy-seven years earlier Austin Callaway, a young African American, was snatched from a jail cell by a band of masked white men, then shot and left for dead.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

With racial divisiveness rising across America, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), together with more than 130 organizations is committed to an emerging Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise. Communities across the country came together to celebrate a National Day of Healing on January 17, 2017.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

Healing the racial divide is “the most important thing any of us can be involved in,” said former Mississippi governor, William Winter, at the start of a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Summit in December. A multi-sector group of 16 Richmond leaders took part in the summit held in Carlsbad, California, at the invitation of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Ginter Urban Gardener Project

Last summer Duron Chavis (CTF 2015) was hired by the nationally renowned Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA, as its first Community Engagement Coordinator. In this new position Duron is chiefly responsible for the Garden’s outreach and relationship-building across a diverse community.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Lumpkins Slave Jrail

A public event at the site of Richmond’s former slave market on October 10 marked an important milestone in what Mayor Dwight Jones called “a true honoring of our complete history.” Mayor Jones highlighted the importance of confronting the past and said that Richmonders need to be “comfortable with making each other uncomfortable.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
CTF info session

The new class of 25 has been selected for the 2017 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship. Participants are coming from as far away as Mexico City and from several US cities including Tulsa, OK, Des Moines, IA, Orlando, FL, LaGrange, GA, Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Hope in Jarva

Last year 160,000 people sought asylum in Sweden, which has welcomed more refugees and migrants in proportion to its population than any other country in Europe. Stockholm is the fastest growing city in Europe. Rob Corcoran spent a week in Stockholm leading a workshop and meeting with community leaders.

Friday, September 16, 2016
The Atlantic interview

"Start with simple questions, and establish a baseline of trust." This interview with Tee Turner, director of reconciliation programs for Hope in the Cities, is republished with permission from The Atlantic.

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Visitors from Annapolis, MD

Community leaders across the country are looking to Richmond’s work of racial reconciliation, inclusive dialogue and trustbuilding.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Tulsa Group at Caux

“What is the story that nobody wants to hear?” asked Dr. Anthony Marshall, a high school history teacher who was part of the 10 person delegation from Tulsa, OK, that attended the Just Governance conference at Caux, Switzerland, this summer.

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