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WHEREAS, racial divisiveness in America’s urban, rural, suburban, and tribal communities threatens the very core of this great country; and
WHEREAS, just like those who came before us, it is our duty to protect the children of this country and maintain communities where all have the opportunity to succeed; and
WHEREAS, we understand and recognize that there is a racial divide in our country and we must all work earnestly to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and build an equitable and just society so that all children can thrive; and
WHEREAS, children have the right to be provided every opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in nurturing environments that do not violate their safety, dignity, and humanity; and
WHEREAS, each of us has the capability to make a simple change within himself or herself that could have a profound effect on an entire society; and
WHEREAS, if we all dedicate ourselves to the principles of truth, racial healing, and transformation, we can all bring about the necessary changes in thinking, behavior, and systems that will propel this great country forward as a unified force, and racial biases will become a thing of the past; and
WHEREAS, racial healing is a vital and crucial commitment to the education, social, mental, and overall well-being of our children; and
WHEREAS, Virginia, in conjunction with others throughout the United States of America, acknowledges January 22, 2019, as the “National Day of Racial Healing,” and urges all citizens to promote racial healing and transformation in the ways that are best suited for them individually, as a means to working together to ensure the best quality of life for every child;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 22, 2019, as NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.