Nationwide, Americans are taking a Stand Against Racism April 23-26, 2020. Will you take the pledge?
YWCA Central Alabama stands alongside YWCA USA “by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.”
YWCA associations and allied groups across the nation are engaging their communities in events that address a myriad of racial justice issues that advance the work of justice and empower people of color. In Alabama, YWCA is hosting events that are open to our community partners and the public:
– March 2-30 (Can participate at any time during that period) – 21-DAY RACIAL EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE CHALLENGE. Participants are prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us discover how racial and social injustices impact our community, motivates us to connect with one another, and inspires us to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. Sign Up
– CANCELED – Hear Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for crimes he did not commit. Hinton travels the world sharing his extraordinary journey through the traumas of imprisonment, the loss of freedom, and the power of hope. His remarkable story highlights how race, poverty, and a flawed legal system condemned an innocent man. (Hinton’s bestseller, The Sun Does Shine, was selected by Oprah for her Summer 2018 Book Club.) Come join us for lunch and a speaker you will never forget. All are welcome, but reservations are required. Box lunches are provided. A $10 donation for lunch is suggested, payable at the event.
According to YWCA USA, “Stand Against Racism provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice. Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.”
To learn more about Stand Against Racism, visit standagainstracism.org or contact YWCA Central Alabama’s Senior Director of Social Justice Joan Witherspoon-Norris.