Angela Davis & Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman. Photos provided

Activist Angela Davis to join in the conversation

By Crystal Kendrick

The Voice of Your Customer   

The Tri-state region will celebrate Cincinnati’s 3rd annual National Day of Racial Healing with nationally recognized change agents, social justice advocates, public health experts and community activists. Hosted by All-In Cincinnati and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing will be held on January 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. This free and public event offers all an opportunity to delve into their healing and learn about building a more just region through collaboration, advocacy and policy change.

The theme for the 2023 event is From Ally to Action – moving from being educated to encouraging people to act. For the first time, Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing will be a hybrid event with virtual presentations during the business day and in-person activities at Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Angela Davis, an outspoken powerhouse at the vanguard of the Black Power movement, feminist scholarship, and prison reform, will join a virtual fireside chat. She provides something most other scholars cannot – a firsthand account of the most powerful social movements in the latter half of the twentieth century.

In a moderated conversation with Naimah Bilal and illustrated by Brandon Black, Angela will explore a nuanced and passionate look at America’s problems with racism and injustice. Angela will offer a forecast of the current state of equality and what we can do to improve rights for everyone.

Cincinnati’s 3rd Annual National Day of Racial Healing also includes virtual panel discussions about financial empowerment, universal basic income, maternal health disparities, and championing equity led by local and national experts. The celebration also includes a meditation midday break with yoga and musical performances.

A happy hour, hosted by DJ Vader of 100.3FM R&B and Old School, will be held at 5 p.m. EST at Greater Cincinnati Foundation at 720 Pete Rose Way. At 6 p.m. EST, guests will be invited to participate in lived experience circles. These facilitated small-group encounters, rooted in Dr. Gail Christopher’s holistic approach to social change, bring a deeper appreciation of our shared human identity through intentional mutual engagement.

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, co-founder of the nonprofit The Sadie Collective and our featured speaker at our in-person session, will take the stage at 7 p.m. EST in a moderated conversation with Taylor Curtis. The brilliant young researcher and activist will illustrate how her work lies at the intersection of social justice and qualitative analysis.

For more information, to register or to donate, visit All are welcome to attend any or all sessions of the one-day event at no cost.

Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing is sponsored by the bi3 Foundation, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, Fifth Third Foundation, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, Interact for Health, The Kroger Company and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

Thanks to generous support from Learning Grove, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Joining Forces for Children, attendees can participate in facilitated lived experience discussions.

All-In Cincinnati is a racial equity coalition working to dismantle racial inequities in health, housing, education, economic mobility, and justice by uplifting Black women in Hamilton County. The Center for Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation at the University of Cincinnati uses research, learning, and action to provide space for healing the harm caused by the matrices of oppression, including racial injustice.

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