Houston, TX – St. Agnes Academy has been selected by the Center for the Healing of Racism to receive its 2014 Ally Award for the “Healing Racism” class conducted by theology teacher Diana Turney. The Ally Award is presented to an individual or organization that, through professional, social, and/or community efforts, has sought to bring recognition and understanding to the pervasive problem of racism in the world and to promote healing.
“St. Agnes is taking the lead to educate students about the violence, evils and history of racism and prejudice,” said Cherry Steinwender, Executive Director of the Center.
Teacher Diana Turney and students from her class will accept the award at the Juneteenth Celebration on June 14, 2014, to be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. It is the 25th anniversary of the Center, and the 20th anniversary of the Juneteenth Celebration sponsored by the Center. Other award recipients include Freedmen's Town of the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Houston Peace and Justice Center, and the Holocaust Museum.
“The Center for the Healing of Racism has had a tremendous impact in my own life and in the lives of my students,” said Diana Turney. “Because of the Center we have been able to offer a class to high school students to begin the conversation about how racism has manifested itself in subtle and destructive ways in our society and in our hearts.”
The Center for the Healing of Racism is a grassroots organization dedicated to healing the hurts of racism through workshops in educational, corporate, religious and social institutions. They have been a catalyst for the healing of racism through the education and empowerment of individuals since 1989.