Stand Against Racism

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Council Chambers | Metropolitan Courthouse | Downtown Nashville


Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life to raise awareness that racism still exists. YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is hosting its annual Stand Against Racism on Wednesday, May 4 at NOON in Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is co-hosting the event. Speakers include Mayor Barry, Juvenile Court Judge Shelia Calloway, Tennessean Opinion Engagement Editor David Plazas, and Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson. Myshel, an up and coming local artist, will be opening and closing our event with her beautiful songs. 

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of the larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.

*Event will be accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Why Stand Against Racism?

Racism and discrimination hurt everyone and has had a profound effect on children and adults, our communities and our institutions. Today, we can look back on our history and examine the direction, development and effects of the enslavement of Africans, the dispossession of Indian and Mexican lands, the exclusion of Asians from immigration and citizenship as events that have shaped the current attitudes and actions supported by the power of law, institutional structures, and culture in this country. Race and the legacy of discrimination continue to affect our lives - whether in our everyday interactions with others at work, school, or in our neighborhoods and communities.

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