Racial Harmony Scholarship Winner – 2024

The Center for Racial Harmony looks forward to announcing our 2024 scholarship award recipient.


Racial Harmony Scholarship Winner – 2023

Myles McGee

2023 Racial Harmony Scholarship Recipient

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 2019 from Our Lady Queen of Peace School and Church and in 2020 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.

Back to School Fun Fair – 2019

On Wed., August 7, 2019, 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, along with many other organizations.

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.”

Harmony Dinners

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.