NBCUniversal News Group and WK Kellogg Foundation partner to support racial healing

June 30, 2022



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ASPEN (June 30, 2022) – NBCUniversal News Group and the WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) have entered into an editorial collaboration to promote dialogue around racial equity issues and help advance racial healing.

Drawing on WKKF’s vast experience and expertise, the year-long initiative will introduce racial healing to a wider audience, illustrate how racial healing is already producing transformative results across the United States, and inspire everyday people to work for racial healing and racial equity in their community. It will also draw on the News Group’s extensive collection of leading media and journalists to elevate stories focused on racial healing.

Throughout the year, the News Group will engage the country’s leading voices through coverage to promote racial healing, develop year-round digital content, and produce a town hall in English and French. Spanish on National Day for Racial Healing on January 17, 2023.

The annual “National Racial Healing Day” celebration was created with and builds on the work and learnings of the WK Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) community partners. TRHT was established in 2017 to promote racial healing as a critical path to ending racial prejudice and creating a society where all children can thrive. It is a national and community-based process designed to bring transformational and lasting change to communities, while addressing the historical and contemporary effects of racism. National Racial Healing Day is held annually on the Tuesday following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“We are pleased to partner with the WK Kellogg Foundation in an effort to recognize the racism that is rampant in our society and to help build solidarity,” said Yvette Miley, SVP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NBCUniversal News Group. “It’s a journalistic responsibility to not only inform our audience, but also to elevate the resources and tools available to help address these issues.”

“Racial healing is a process that restores the integrity of individuals and communities, repairs the damage caused by racism, and transforms societal structures into those that affirm the value of all,” said The June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the WK Kellogg Foundation. “We must take into account the unignorable and long-standing realities of racial injustice, forged over generations. The collective outcry to change a long-broken status quo, the ongoing racial violence across the country, and the continuing disproportionate struggle with the impact of the COVID crisis – underscore the need for racial healing and renew our commitment to the racial equity, together.

Starting next month, reporters from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Noticias Telemundo will explore and report on the topic of racial equity through the lens of racial healing. This will include profiles and investigations through a 14-part digital series on NBCNews.com. The digital series will explore central themes of racial healing, including the progress individuals and communities have made in acknowledging racism in our history, acknowledging everyday biases, and repairing our society by building inclusive relationships and transforming systems and the structures.

On National Day for Racial Healing on January 17, 2023, the News Group will present a town hall featuring a diverse group of community leaders and experts in race relations, public policy and the law. The event will be broadcast on the MSNBC and Noticias Telemundo platforms in English and Spanish. CNBC will feature excerpts from the town hall that highlight economic inequality.

The year-long initiative kicked off today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where the News Group and WKKF hosted special sessions that examine America’s history of individual and systemic racism, as evidenced in the murder of George Floyd and anti-Semites, anti-AAPI, and anti-Latin American Hate Crimes and explore a path to bridging communities.

About NBCUniversal News Group

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About the WK Kellogg Foundation

The WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent private foundation by innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, the Kellogg Foundation works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can achieve their full potential in school, work and life. in life.

Based in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Kellogg Foundation works in the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Particular attention is given to priority locations where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority locations in the United States are Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

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