DC Talk Announces the Creation of the E.R.A.C.E.
Foundation to Mobilize Youth Against Racism
Nashville, TN. (September 10,
1997) -- Michael Tait, Toby McKeehan and Kevin Smith,
of the Grammy Award-winning trio dc Talk, have announced
the creations of the E.R.A.C.E. (Eliminating Racism
and Creating Equality) Foundation. The foundation
has plans for a major initiative to promote racial
reconciliation and understanding by galvanizing the
nation's youth in support of interracial unity.
"We believe that young
people can and will become a force of racial harmony,"
said band member Tait. "One of our goals is to
celebrate diversity and to realize that we can learn
from one another. We want to motivate our generation
to act on the core belief that we are all equal. That
is one of the cornerstones of this organization."
"Each individual can make a difference in the
fight against racism," according to Smith. "The
barriers that stand between us as people are of our
own making. The E.R.A.C.E. Foundation is sounding
a call to action to bring some of those barriers crashing
Priorities for the foundation include increased communication
among historically divided groups and the healing
of long-standing social rifts. Targeted for the 15-25
year-old age group, E.R.A.C.E. programs will include
campus outreach, a series of issue-oriented public
service announcements, special events and an Internet
As members of an interracial band that has toured
the United States extensively, their personal experiences
with one another have fueled their determination to
help create solutions to the problems they have witnessed
in their travels.
"We live our ideals on a daily basis, and that
has more impact than words can ever have--it's what
we call living integration," said McKeehan. "Through
the foundation, we challenge our audience to do the
Founded in 1997, The E.R.A.C.E. Foundation is a non-profit,
publicly funded organization devoted to the furtherenace
of unity and harmony among all races. Using education
as the primary tool to promote dialogue among all
peoples and eliminate barriers to racial reconciliation,
the foundation concentrates its efforts on American
youth and hopes to set in motion a groundswell of
advocacy for a new generation. The foundation is headquartered
at 227 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN.
FAX (615) 794-1957.