Dear Members & Friends

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 .

Our Goals:

• To communicate effectively the meaning and benefits of ethnic and racial harmony
• To promote and initiate strategies for increasing racial and ethnic understanding

Our Services:

• Mediation and Conflict Resolution
• Instruction and Training Workshops
• Cooperative Learning Programs
• Youth Development Seminars and Activities
• Guest Speaking

Our Partners:

Racial Harmony works in partnership with community leaders, area schools, churches and neighborhood associations in an effort to continue to provide the above programs and continuously work to develop additional programs that will promote understanding, cooperation and communication among all races and ethnic groups

YOUR Pledge:

“To assist Racial Harmony to provide services and programs to promote the understanding, cooperation and communication among all races and ethnic groups for the betterment of our community, our children and our future.”


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 Center for Racial Harmony proudly announces Myles McGee as the winner of its $1000 2023 scholarship award.

Myles is a 2023 graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, Illinois and will be attending McKendree University this Fall majoring in Psychology. Myles is also a two-time Racial Harmony Award Nominee having received the award in 2009 from Our Lady Queen of Peace School and Church and in 2010 from Althoff.

When asked how he saw himself promoting our diversity mission, Myles responded in essay, “I’ve many times heard the quote “To whom much is given, much is required”. When you look at that quote and quantify “given”, to many youth like myself whose family is not the most affluent, there may seem to be a disconnect. However, when the context of “given” is redefined as a quality, each of us has a responsibility to require more of ourselves.

The Gathering 2023

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 26, 2023, Center for Racial Harmony recognized 42 area student as this year’s honorees.

Racial Harmony Events & Happenings

Save the Date for Peace Festival 2023

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Virtual Forum:

Reparations – Pros & Cons Part III  

June 17, 2021 Recording

Board of Directors

Donna M. Moody


Johnnie Anthony

Jeff Bair

Zach Bair

Jerril Jones
Vice President/Secretary


Jeffry Couch

Pamela Dorsey

Gary Gaston

Paula Badger


Cheryl Gray

Janet Greenlee

Cheryl Hillman

Curtis Louise Paradise


Kenneth Johnson

Alaysia Mitchell

Raymond Paradise


Robert E. Wells Jr.


Yolandea Wood

* Student rep