Following Selma’s lead, state signs onto racial healing proclamation

Published 5:14 pm Friday, January 17, 2020

Following the Selma City Council’s approval of the National Day of Racial Healing proclamation Tuesday, making the city only the 14th nationwide to sign onto the proclamation, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey added the state to the proclamation with her signature Friday.

“Having Governor Ivey support our efforts for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Selma in the context of observing the National Day of Racial Healing is a huge boost,” said TRHT Selma Co-Chair Daron Harris. “With the Selma City Council adopting our resolution this week as well, the positive energy, excitement and momentum rolling into 2020 for this work couldn’t possibly be kicking off on any higher note for us here at the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF).”

While Ivey celebrated the signing and Alabama’s progress in terms of racial healing over the last several decades, she noted that the state still has more work to do.

“As we celebrate the great legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we must also remember the principle for which he stood – that an injustice inflicted to one is an injustice inflicted to us all.,” Ivey said. “I am proud of the progress Alabama has made in her 200 years, but I also realize we have many areas to improve on behalf of all our citizens.”

Ivey hosted 50 prominent African-Americans from all across the state Friday, all of which “gave their commitment to doing everything possible to advance Alabama.”

“I look forward to seeing the potential outcomes of this group, and the work of others, as we promote progress and deeper racial understanding of all Alabamians,” Ivey said. “The road ahead is certainly brighter when we move forward together.” 


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