Steven N. Jones
Founder & Executive Director
The Alliance to Reunite and Repair Our World, also known as A.R.R.O.W, was founded by our Executive Director, Steven N. Jones Esq. Director Jones is a Howard University graduate where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Director Jones is also a graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where he received his Master of Divinity. Finally, Director Jones is a graduate of the Cornell University Law School where he achieved his Juris Doctorate. Director Jones developed the philosophy and programs for A.R.R.O.W while researching the use of the concept of race to justify the enslavement, murder and dehumanization of Africans and the African Diaspora during the transatlantic slave trade, the implementation of race as a tool of control in American law as well as the genocide of Eastern European Jewish people during the Jewish Holocaust.
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Lara Holland is founder and president of a food consultancy based out of Atlanta, GA. She is an active resident of the Old 4th Ward, living and working just blocks from where the Civil Rights movement was most active. She has over 10 years of experience in building business and re-activating communities. Lara also serves on the board for the Old 4th Ward Business Association and is a National Support Group Leader for Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Lara believes strongly in building connections and bridging gaps through sharing education and resources. She has a strong strategic marketing background as a previous executive of Media News and marketing consultant in Denver, CO. Lara is a native of California. Her personal mission statement is to build a place where strengthening ethical standards leads to the highest level of personal development allowing people to come from a place of abundance.
Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
A.R.R.O.W’s Seven Point philosophy of racial healing; also known as the ALLIANCE PHILOSOPHY
1. We are one human race.
2. The myth of race was created to categorize, divide and control humankind.
3. The myth of race is the root of racism.
4. We must reject the myth of race and embrace our common humanity to end racism.
5. We must work together to heal the racial wounds of our past.
6. We must work together to combat the social evils that threaten humankind such as poverty, the exploitation of children and oppression.
7. We must work together to preserve our planet for the next generation of humankind.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does racial healing mean you want to heal race relations between races?
The healing we are referring to is that of the entire human race.We believe that there is only one race, the human race, and that the concept of race has severely wounded humanity.
Isn’t Race and Ethnicity the same thing?
No. The myth of race refers, in large part, to a system of classification based on physical features that ranks different into superior and inferior “racial” groups. Ethnicity, however, is about shared culture, language, and customs. An ethnic group may be biologically linked or physically similar but they do not have to be. Because many people do not appreciate this difference one may see a “race/ethnicity” section on an application, which makes the distinction unclear.
Why don’t you use the terms “black” or “white” to describe people?
We discourage our members from using racial terms such as “black,” “white” or “brown” because they are tools of social control; they control the mind of the oppressed and the oppressor. These terms prevent us from seeing the fundamental humanity and individuality in others.
Do you think we have made progress in race relations?
No. Society confuses progress in race relations with progress with civil rights for so-called minorities. In sum, so-called black people and others have made strides with the passage of laws designed to protect their civil rights in America; even those laws, however, have been attacked and eroded recently.
We believe that genuine progress in race relations means that we fundamentally reject the very branding of one group of people as “black” or the labeling of one group of people as “white” because those labels are the foundation of individual, institutional and structural racism.
During slavery the myth of “race” was essential in identifying which humans were slaves and which ones were free. It reinforced the reality of being branded “black” and the privilege of being classified as “white.” The myth of race is still used to define the powerful and the powerless and that is why we encourage its complete and utter rejection.