racial justice



Past Community Forums

Stand Against Racism
Friday, April 28, 2017 in Uptown Charlotte 

Racial Justice Community Forum
Thursday, April 27, 2017
"How to use your privilege, power and purpose for positive change" with Mecklenburg County public defender, Toussaint Romain.

Movie Screening "13th"
Movie Screening of Netflix Documentary "13th" and a Q&A with professional facilitator on diversity and inclusion, Deborah Walker.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Presentation from Deborah Walker can be found here.  


Racial Justice Forum Fall 2016: "How Charlotte Got Segregated... and Pathways Forward" 
Panel discussion and community forum
Thursday, November 10  featuring: Dr. Tom Hanchett, Community Historian, Author, "From Segregation to Salad-Bowl Suburbs," Courtney Morton, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, Justin Perry, HopeWay Foundation 

Racial Justice Forum Spring 2016: Voting rights and voter engagement in North Carolina: Crisis or Opportunity?
Panel discussion and community forum

Thursday, April 28 featuring, State Sen. Malcolm Graham, Rev. Jay Leach of Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, Jenn Frye, a voting rights expert with Democracy North Carolina, Elizabeth Goodwin, a Charlotte attorney and leader of #WTFWeVote. 


Stand Against Racism at Trade and Tryon
Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trade and Tryon streets


Racial Justice Forum 2015

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Featuring Glenn Burkins, editor of Qcitymetro.com; Quentin Williams, lawyer and author; and Maj. Bruce Bellamy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department


Thursday, April 23, 2015
Community forum
Led by Chief Rodney Monroe
6 to 7:30 p.m.

Please click here for a recap of the event!

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 Video

Media Coverage

SAR 2014: News 14 coverage

News 14 in-depth segment with Kirsten Sikkelee
Click here to view the interview about YWCA's Stand Against Racism Day 2011

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.


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