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Dr. Tameka Ellington
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National Day of Racial Healing 

January 16, 2024, marks the 8th Annual National Day of Racial Healing: an opportunity to bring people together to inspire collective action around racial justice. This year we are honored to welcome Dr. Tameka Ellington, author of four books, including the award-winning, TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair and Black Hair in a White World. In her books, Dr. Ellington takes a critical and nuanced look at societal perceptions of Black hair, past and present. Her lecture will help us explore the cultural history, perceptions, and increasing acceptance of Black hair in the broader American society.

The event is hosted by Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation & the Center for Cultural Liberation. 


Co-sponsorship by the Office for Justice, Equity, and Inclusion; the Siena Center; the Rebecca Crown Library; the Office for Civic Learning; the College of Applied Social Sciences; the Department of Sociology and Criminology; the Black World Studies Program; the Study of Women and Gender Program; University Ministry; Brennan School of Business; Office for Student Success and Engagement; English Department; Office for Civic Learning; and Dominican University Performing Arts Center. 


National Day of Racial Healing originated in 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The annual event, which is observed on the Tuesday following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a time to bring people together and “inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world,” according to the initiative.