MSNBC and Noticias Telemundo Host ‘National Day Of Racial Healing’ Town Halls

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MSNBC and Noticias Telemundo hosted National Day of Racial Healing: An MSNBC Town Hall, on Jan. 17, which is now available on-demand on the streaming service Peacock.

The live studio audience events focused on bridging the racial equity gap through racial healing. The events were created by an editorial initiative between NBCUniversal News Group and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). WKKF sponsored the events.

“The National Day of Racial Healing is held each year on the Tuesday following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and offers families, neighbors, communities and organizations a chance to reflect, connect and build relationships across difference,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of WKKF. “These are essential ingredients for building and sustaining year-round efforts to advance racial healing as a key pathway to achieving racial equity.”

MSNBC broadcasted National Day of Racial Healing: An MSNBC Town Hall. The event featured Minnijean Brown-Trickey, activist and member of the Little Rock Nine; Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project; and White House Infrastructure Coordinator former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Noticias Telemundo broadcasted Foro contra el Racismo: Día de Sanación, a Spanish-language town hall. The event featured Max Moreno of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation; Tanya Kateri Hernández, professor of law at Fordham University; and Xóchitl M. Flores-Marcial, associate professor at California State University.

“Half of Black children in New Orleans live in poverty compared to 5% of white children. When we talk about healing, we have to talk about the truth, how to stop the harm that’s currently being done, repair and then we can get to healing,” said Hannah-Jones.

“The truth makes powerful people in this country very scared.”

Watch the panel here.