At the inaugural gathering of the Solidarity Council on Racial Equity (SCoRE), members came together in the Washington, D.C. area. As Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron told the group, “Each of you individually has made great progress and movement in your work. But this nation and the world need the strength of all of us combined. That is what I want to encourage us to think about. What is possible in the collective? What can we do together?”
The initial discussion showcased the breadth of members’ experiences and commitment to racial equity. In the course of discussion over two days, members shared views of solidarity – what it meant to each personally and what it means to society at this moment. In sharing personal stories, the group identified features of solidarity that will guide their work.
SCoRE members affirmed that:
- Solidarity means recognizing the profound interconnectedness of humans.
- Solidarity is more than an idea; it is a lived experience.
- Solidarity begins with truth.
- Solidarity advances by eliminating the concept of “the other.”
- Healing is a pathway to solidarity, and an outcome of it.
- Solidarity is multi-generational, local, national and international.
In closing, SCoRE members identified strong themes for shared work going forward – including wider, steady outreach to draw more people into positive action around racial equity, and a desire for continue focus on racial healing and narrative change.