Hope in the Cities News

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Watch love work

Alison Wetter (CTF 2015) from Memphis, Tennessee, is part of a team that has launched a project called "Watch Love Work" to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their city in 1968. They are releasing a video story of love from Memphis every week this year.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2017 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

“This experience has been truly one of a kind,” says Franklin Jennings who works with youth development. “What I find most impactful is that although tons of people in the world want to see good change happen, not many are equipping themselves to do anything about it.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Alvin Herring Forum at UR

“We in this country are at a cultural and maybe moral crossroads," says Rev. Alvin Herring, director of racial equity and community engagement at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We must speak truth, hold ourselves accountable, lament, and offer and accept forgiveness.”

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.

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