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Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT)

The movement for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation is an unprecedented opportunity to pay a “long-overdue debt of remembrance” to communities that have experienced racial injustice, and their descendants. Research libraries urge Congress to establish a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation “to properly acknowledge, memorialize, and be a catalyst for progress toward—(A) jettisoning the belief in a hierarchy of human value; (B) embracing our common humanity; and (C) permanently eliminating persistent racial inequities.” Great libraries help students and lifelong learners navigate sources of information, evaluate information for integrity, and provide a platform for exploring the truth.

The US TRHT Movement is informed by research on more than 40 truth and reconciliation movements around the globe. When Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its findings and calls to action in 2015, the library and archives community responded with recommendations to promote initiatives in all types of libraries to advance reconciliation, and to promote collaboration in these issues across the Canadian library communities.

Leaders of the US TRHT Movement have a proposed framework for a US Archives for Racial and Cultural Healing (ARCH). The vision for ARCH is a distributed network of digitized, community-based archives that would document communities that have experienced racial harm and injustice. ARCH will be a living archive that is owned and managed by local partners, such as universities, libraries, and other local memory institutions and initiatives.

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