Center for Racial Harmony

About Us

Racial Harmony is a third party neutral organization dedicated to promoting understanding, cooperation, and communication among all races and ethnic groups.

Racial Harmony partners with other community organizations that share a similar mission, vision, and goals. The organization also co–sponsors annual events with several partners.


Information about Racial Harmony’s mission can be found in this downloadable flyer .

Dear Members & Friends,

Welcome to the Center for Racial Harmony in St. Clair County, Illinois!

We invite you to join us in continuing our mission.   An annual membership starts at just $15, or you can contribute any amount on the Donate page right here on our site. Thank you in advance.

Show your support of Racial Harmony by Becoming a Member today.

2022 Racial Harmony Scholarship

… The application period for the 2022 $1,000 Racial Harmony Scholarship for High School Seniors is closed.  The 2023 scholarship application will open February 26, 2023.

… The Center for Racial Harmony proudly announces Tristan Johnson as the winner of its 2021 $1000 scholarship award. Tristan is a graduating senior from Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, IL. In the fall, she will be attending the University of South Carolina where she plans to major in Political Science with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She envisions herself promoting diversity through her chosen field in the areas of political policy making. Pictured with Tristan from left to right are: Donna Moody, president of Racial Harmony, Tristan, Paula Badger treasurer, and Cheryl Gray, selection committee and board member. Congratulations, Tristan, and good luck with your academic pursuits.

Racial Harmony Welcomes Gary Gaston to Board of Directors

Center for Racial Harmony is pleased and honored to welcome Gary Gaston to our Board of Directors. Gary is a native of East St. Louis and serves as Senior Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Gary is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and of 100 Black Men of America Inc., Alton, Illinois Chapter, Metro East Division and has served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Rush Senior Gardens and as Executive Director of Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St Louis. A graduate of American Baptist College and Lindenwood University, Gary’s vast experience lends to his commitment to an inclusive and equitable community.

Join us in welcoming Gary Gaston to Center for Racial Harmony!

The Gathering 2022

Each year, Racial Harmony, an organization dedicated to promoting understanding, cooperation, and communication among all races and ethnic groups, holds an annual Gathering in February. The primary function of the Racial Harmony Gathering is to honor students who have promoted goodwill and respect and have sought peaceful ways to resolve differences.

Area K-12 Educators were invited to nominate one (1) student from their school to be recognized at our annual awards celebration, The Gathering.

On Sunday, February 27, 2022, Center for Racial Harmony recognized 44 area student as this year’s honorees.

Racial Harmony Events & Happenings

Peace Festival

September 25, 2021

Check back often for more upcoming Racial Harmony events.

Interested in collaborating with Center for Racial Harmony?

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Virtual Forum:

Reparations – Pros & Cons Part III  

June 17, 2021 Recording

Board of Directors

Donna Moody
Jerril Jones
Vice President/Secretary
Paula Badger
Curtis Louise Paradise
Robert E. Wells Jr.
Johnnie Anthony Jeffry Couch Cheryl Hillman
Jeff Bair Pamela Dorsey Raymond Paradise
Zach Bair Cheryl Gray Yolandea Wood
Janet Greenlee
* Student rep