ABOUT THE HEAL AMERICA TOUR

As we look out across our nation’s landscape today, there is a growing concern about the injustice that seems to be ever-growing. America can draw strength from its purported ideals—those of equal rights, inclusion and empowerment reflected in the Declaration of Independence.  Those very principles are the playbook for a national, cultural transformation that will begin to heal America and its institutions of the racism that plagues our social, economic and political reality.

At the same time, we believe that there is also a reservoir of hope that runs deep within the people that make our cities, states and nation great!  It is because of that hope that we are convening The Heal America Tour, which will travel to various cities with one mission in mind, to revive hope and bring healing to our nation.  Heal America is a collaborative national platform, and we bring with us a network of tools, resources and solutions critically needed to address the inequities and disenfranchisement of race, citizenship, and humanity in the United States.

21 OCTOBER 2020

HEAL AMERICA - JACKSON, MS

A Course Correction Conversation on Race, Citizenship & Humanity

Heal America:  A Course Correction Conversation on Race, Citizenship & Humanity is being hosted by Bishop Omar Jahwar, CEO and Founder of Urban Specialists, and powered by Stand Together on October 21, 2020 in Jackson, Mississippi.

This “civil discourse” will be moderated by Bishop Omar and convene thought leaders to rally together around a defined call to action that examines structural racism and viable solutions for police brutality and beyond.

At the core of this conversation lies the understanding that our nation is facing a critical moment with regard to race relations.  Furthermore, we understand these issues are compounded by fear and frustration due to trauma and violence perpetrated by police and members of local communities.  Peace is our priority.  Human Rights our objective.  Equity our goal.

Panelists & Contributors

Candace Fleming

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Branden Polk

Program Officer, Courageous Conversations

Chokwe Lumumba

Mayor, City of Jackson

Deion Sanders

NFL Hall of Famer & Jackson State Coach

Daryl Lobban

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Dr. John Hardin

Rep. of Stand Together

Gary Sutton

CEO, Sutton Equity

Stephanie Luckett

Artist

Thomas Hudson

President, Jackson State University

Will Dowell

Director, Poverty Initiative

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NEWS & MEDIA

The Well News – Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis

The Well News – Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis

A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America. The event, hosted by Bishop Omar Jahwar in partnership with Stand Together, will take place just a few miles from the location where George Floyd was killed while in Minneapolis police custody.

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BLACK ENTERPRISE – URBAN SPECIALISTS TO HOST DISCUSSION ON ADVANCING POLICE REFORMS IN MINNEAPOLIS

BLACK ENTERPRISE – URBAN SPECIALISTS TO HOST DISCUSSION ON ADVANCING POLICE REFORMS IN MINNEAPOLIS

Urban Specialists announced it will host a discussion on advancing police reforms. According to a release, the Heal America Tour: A Course Correction Conversation on Race, Citizenship & Humanity, will take place on July 29 at the Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis. The discussion will be hosted by Urban Specialists CEO and Founder Bishop Omar Jahwar.

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Instagram – Liv Warfield on Heal America

Instagram – Liv Warfield on Heal America

Last week, I was part of a movement that was so powerful that it shifted my thought process. I was invited by @bishopomarjahwar and @standtogetherfoundation @standtogether to participate in singing my song “Freedom” on this platform. This was more than just singing.. this was an serious moment for me that really brought it home to my purpose again.

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PopCulture.com – Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Shares Thoughts on ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

PopCulture.com – Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Shares Thoughts on ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had some interesting things to say about the "Defund the Police" movement going on across the country. Cuban took part in a conversation at an event in Dallas called Heal America: A Course Correction Conversation on Race, Citizenship and Humanity, which was hosted by Stand Together and Urban Specialist. He was one of the many guests that talked about the issues going on in the country, including police brutality. Cuban said he's not a fan of defunding the police but has an idea of what can be done.

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Forbes – How The Founder Of Urban Specialists Is Focused On Ending Systemic Racism One Conversation At A Time

Forbes – How The Founder Of Urban Specialists Is Focused On Ending Systemic Racism One Conversation At A Time

There’s a common sentiment that athletes should just “shut up and dribble” and refrain from commenting on civil rights violations that are plaguing Black communities across the United States. But after the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd—just the latest examples of the injustice plaguing the nation—numerous athletes, executives and professionals in the sports industry have been stepping up to offer support.

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Dallas Doing Good

Dallas Doing Good

Last night, an event hosted by @theurbanspecialists and powered by @standtogether, brought a diverse group of local and national leaders (law enforcement, business executives, athletes, celebrities, faith leaders, civil rights advocates) to have an open discussion on the difficult issues America is grappling in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, from calls to defund the police to questions about how to combat institutional racism. “Can America really work for everyone, given our country’s history with racism and injustice? And if so, where do we go from here?” "Because it is the right thing to do!" When asked by Bishop Omar Jahwar why he has used his celebrity to be a difference maker. "It's just the right thing to do." - @mcuban

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