- Harmony Dinners
- Youth Development Activities (Annual Gathering)
- Conflict Resolution and Meditation
- Speakers Bureau
- Youth-to-Youth Program
- Bibliography of Multicultural Resources
Racial Harmony Scholarship Winner – 2018
The recipient of the 4th Racial Harmony $1000 Scholarship is Miss Cayla D. Adams. The award was presented at a recent Racial Harmony meeting. Cayla is a 2018 graduate of Belleville Township High School East, and will attend Xavier University New Orleans in the fall. She is a Racial Harmony Student Advisory Board member and while pursuing her studies, worked tirelessly to improve community relations. She is the founder of the Belleville Peace Rally and has successfully enlisted the support of government officials and the community at large to create an event designed to bring folks together in the pursuit of peace and harmony. Congratulations Cayla and thank you for all your efforts. You are most deserving of this award.
Back to School Fun Fair – 2018
On Wed., August 8, 2018, the Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee hosted their annual Back to School Fun Fair at Belleville West High School.
The Center for Racial Harmony participated in the distribution of needed school supplies.
Thanks to Rachel R. Jackson for sharing her photos!
Community Wellness Activities
Racial Harmony’s Community Wellness Program in action. The Center for Racial Harmony asks the question, “What can each of us do to become a Community Wellness Citizen?”. Our organization is dedicated to promoting communication, understanding and cooperation among all peoples.
Franklin Neighborhood Picnic
The Center for Racial Harmony and the Franklin Neighborhood Community Association held a Neighborhood Picnic in Aug. 2016.
This event was a “Meet & Greet” for Franklin School Students and their Parents… with the two organizations in the North 2nd Street area.
About 75 people enjoyed the Picnic and came to have a hot dog, chips, cookies & sno-cones… and met their Neighbors on North 2nd Street!
Black and White and ART All Over
In 2015, Art on the Square (AOTS), Racial Harmony and Lindenwood University joined forces to present the first co-sponsored art show in response to events in our communities torn apart by racial divisiveness and negativity. The show’s title “Healing Hearts through Healing Arts” delivered a strong and relevant message. The message then and now is that ART has the power – the voice, to communicate healing, inclusiveness and community. The reception by attendees last year was overwhelmingly positive and warm.
On September 22-23, 2017, we held an exhibit of a wonderful artistic tapestry woven with the display of works from local artists. We called this year’s event “Black and White and ART All Over.” Exhibits originated from a culturally diverse pool of gifted artists. Works on display reinforced the sponsors’ philosophy of community and inclusiveness – that ART transcends all boundaries and acts as a primary force to pull communities of people together for good.
Some artwork will be for display only, while other pieces will be offered for sale. This is a family event for the community that will provide an opportunity for you to speak with the artists and to add to your art collections.
Join Sponsors – Art on the Square (AOTS), Racial Harmony, Lindenwood University and Mark Kern for an event that will have you talking to friends, laughing with families and connecting with your “Inner Artist.”
The Harmony Dinners began in 2004 as a means of providing community members the opportunity to sit down and break bread together as they discussed issues pertinent to racial and ethnic harmony. The Dinners were initially modeled after a similar program in Dallas, Texas.
The idea there was to have conversations on issues of “cross cultural contention, consternation, and confusion” and “to get folks talking.” Like Dallas, the Dinners sponsored by Racial Harmony were begun as a way to get people talking about the difficult issues of race and ethnicity, with an eye toward healing and harmony. As a result of these efforts, Racial Harmony has developed relationships with local municipalities, school districts, churches and businesses.
For 4 years, thru 2013, Racial Harmony celebrated Phenomenal Women of Metropolitan St. Louis at its annual dinner auction. Since 2014, Racial Harmony has celebrated E.L.I.T.E. (Extraordinary Leaders Impacting Today’s Environment) at its annual dinner auction – both men and women. These outstanding leaders have been recognized for the phenomenal work they do in their schools, churches, families, and communities. These are men and women who step by step and bit by bit, have made an impact on changing our world.