April 24, 2013 [View the story "2013 America Healing Conference: A day of healing" on Storify]2013 America Healing Conference: A day of healing Storified by WKKF· Wed, Apr 24 2013 08:24:03Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams opened the healing day of the 2013 America Healing Conference in Asheville, N.C. with a moving reflection on the opportunities that her tireless work for civil rights has afforded and presented her. Evers-Williams also stated that “America has a lot of healing to do,” and advised attendees that while hate can be fuel, it should be avoided because it erodes the spirit.Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers invocation at 2013 America Healing Conferencekelloggfoundation“@ChangSara: "Give me strength to stand a little bit longer to help change the face of hatred, prejudice, & racism." Myrlie Evers-WilliamsRaceMattersInstituteCan't believe how blessed I am to be hearing from an icon-Myrlie Evers-Williams at #AHConf13StephanieDr. Gail Christopherspoke to the power of storytelling and how our collective, untold stories canhelp shape a powerful, new narrative that better reflects the true diversity and history of America.Dr. Gail Christopher speaks to the power of storytellingkelloggfoundation“Digging [racism] out of our unconscious requires new stories, and those are our stories, and we’ve got to learn not only to share them but to amplify them in all those vehicles and venues that shape our collective understanding of who we are.” — Dr. Gail Christopher, WKKF vice president of program strategyAttendees gathered in small groups for healing sessions led by 40 seasoned racial healing practitioners from communities across the country, where they discussed their stories of impact on their journey toward racial healing. Participants were moved by the power of the experience and meaningful connections with peers.Healing circles at the 2013 America Healing ConferenceW.K. Kellogg FoundationPowerful day of "healing circles" at #AmericaHealing #AHconf13Rob CorcoranIn the afternoon, conference-goers gathered to explore how reclaiming the digital narrative plays a large role in revolutionizing the way social media has been used to effectively reach and mobilize people."Reclaiming the Digital Narrative" - 2013 America Healing Conferencekelloggfoundation"Reclaiming Digital Divide" on power of #socialmedia for racial equity & healing. Tools for #grassroots orgs & soc justice mvmts #AHconf13Rev Dr Jayme Mathiashow social media can reclaim a narrative, interesting group excercise! #ahconf13Rhonda LeValdoAward-winning actor, singer, writer and composer Daniel Beaty moved attendees with a captivating performance during the evening reception.Daniel Beaty performs at the 2013 America Healing ConferenceW.K. Kellogg FoundationRT @johnrnt: "My roots are poisoned, and you focusing on the leaves?" - Daniel Beaty #AHConf13J. Keith AikensMoved to tears and laughter by the amazing @DanielBBeaty @WK_Kellogg_Fdn #ahconf13Sinsi Hernández-CancWill say more later, but, my peoples, @DanielBBeaty is the amazing, beautiful truth. I wish every young person could hear him. #AHConf13Mikhail LyubanskyTo conclude day two, Sterling Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was recognized for his courageous leadership in racial equity and tireless commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children.W.K. Kellogg Foundation president and CEO is acknowledged at the 2013 America Healing Conference.W.K. Kellogg FoundationWe appreciate your thoughts, tweets and comments! We look forward to the conversation this week with all of you. Follow #AHConf13 and @wk_kellogg_fdn on Twitter for additional highlights!