Stand Against Racism

Take A Stand With YWCA Central Carolinas

YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism event aims to connect, celebrate and strengthen those working in social and racial justice in and around the Charlotte community. We are on a mission to eliminate racism, and that starts by calling attention to it. 

YWCA's Stand Against Racism 2021

In 2021, our Stand Against Racism campaign centered around the theme Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis. Public health is, and always has been, central to racial justice work. Our theme was especially pertinent as our nation continues to face the intersecting public health crises of COVID-19 and racism.

On Thursday, April 22 at 5:30pm, YWCA Central Carolinas hosted a forum “Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis.” Panelists included Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Chief Community Health and Wellness Officer at Novant Health, Calvin Fox, Licensed Therapist at Perry Counseling, and Dr. Raynard Washington, Deputy Health Director of Mecklenburg County. Discussion was moderated by Kirsten Sikkelee, CEO of YWCA Central Carolinas. You can watch our discussion on YWCA’s YouTube Channel.

Thank you to our event sponsors

How You Can Take A Stand In 2021

On April 23, YWCA held a Sidewalk Stand and invited individuals to participate anywhere they were located! Our annual campaign may be over but it’s never too late to take a Stand Against Racism. You can take a Stand by:

YWCA's staff on April 23, 2021 preparing for our Sidewalk Stand.

Stand Against Racism Pledge

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society. 

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis;

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA Central Carolinas is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.

YWCA Stand Against Racism