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Central City in New Orleans is shaped by the realities of its past. From an integrated beginning to one torn apart by Jim Crow and further ravaged by Katrina and her aftermath. Over the generations, racism became embedded in its institutions leading to inequities in health, education, housing, employment and overall opportunity.

The following is a collection of stories about Central City residents working together to confront bias, heal lingering wounds, revitalize a neighborhood and unite a once struggling community.

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Central City

Central City, New Orleans

By embracing the rich culture and understanding the diverse history of their neighborhood, the people of Central City are rebuilding from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and creating a new future for the 2,000 children who call it home.

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AMERICA HEALING is a strategy for racial healing and racial equity. No one bears the burdens of inequity more intensely than children of color - whether it is unequal resources in schools, harsher juvenile sentences in the courts or unequal exposure to environmental toxins. Yet many believe that America has moved beyond race - even in the face of sobering and persistent economic, health and educational inequities among opportunities for children.

In 2010 the W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched America Healing to foster racial healing and racial equity and to change hearts, minds and the deeply held and often unconscious biases that cause these structural inequities. More than one hundred grantees make up America Healing – ranging from smaller, community-based organizations, to larger networks of leading national advocacy organizations - and are working to put structural inequity behind us by first putting it squarely in front of us: understanding it, acknowledging it and joining together to change it.

This interactive, online documentary offers a unique user-led experience to visualize how people in communities are coming together creatively through dialogue, art, music, and sharing their stories. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Healing Histories offers an online window to community-based healing stories of racial trauma and wounds of the past, to show how Central City in New Orleans is working to heal within and move beyond this history toward successful outcomes for future generations.

The W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION, founded in 1930 as an independent private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

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