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stand against racism

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YWCA Racial Justice Initiative 2014
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April 25, 2014
Awareness Stand
Polk Park (Trade and Tryon)

Want to Join Us? Want to Volunteer?
The YWCA is inviting organizations that believe in a society free of racism to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism by becoming a Participating Site. As a Participating Site of the Stand Against Racism, you will host your own “Stand” at your location. It could be private or public. Becoming a Participating Site is very easy. 
PSimageBecome a participating site or join us at Polk Park! Interested in volunteering? Contact Tishauna Gillard at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Community Forum
Social Mobility: How The Recent Harvard Study Relates to Advancement Potential in Charlotte
Dr. Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies at UNC Charlotte, facilitated a community forum discussing the recent Harvard study on social mobility, and the clear challenge to such advancement in Charlotte. Click here to access his presentation.

Click below to see photos and videos from Stand Against Racism 2014.
SAR Photos #1
SAR Photos & Videos #2
SAR Video #3

Media Coverage

SAR 2014: News 14 coverage

SAR 2014: WBTV coverage

News 14 in-depth segment with Kirsten Sikkelee 
Click here to view the interview about YWCA's Stand Against Racism Day


For "Ways to Combat Racism," click here.


Currently on display at YWCA
"We Are" Exhibit

"We Are" tells the story of the YWCA and its role in the Charlotte community, from its founding in 1902 through present day. The exhibit focuses on the work of the YWCA throughout history with an emphasis on women's rights, racial equality and integration. It alTrain Stationso examines more recent YWCA community-oriented programs including Women in Transition, Families Together and Youth Programs. This exhibit will be free and open to the public.

The “We Are” exhibit was prepared by Natalie Blakeney, Daniel Freeman, Sarah Paris, Alicia Prescott, Donna Rogers, Ben Smith, Andrea Smith Jones, and Scott Thomas as part of their participation in Leadership Charlotte Class 34.