Hightlights of the 2010 Stand Against Racism™...

The 2010 Stand Against Racism™ took place on April 30, 2010. A total of 2,061 organizations participated in the Stand Against Racism™ in 32 states across our country. This was a great collaboration of 71 YWCA Associations.

We are estimating that approximately 251,000 people took a Stand Against Racism™!

Below are pictures and videos of some of the over 2,000 Stands that took place around the country.

Five U.S. Governors Endorsed the YWCA's Stand Against Racism™

The Governors of North Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, New Hampshire and Massachusetts issued proclamations declaring April 30 "YWCA Stand Against Racism™ Day" in their respective states.

Michigan - Stand Against Racism™ Coverage by WZZM in Grand Rapids


North Carolina - Hundreds Take Public Stand Against Racism™ in Raleigh

This Stand Against Racism™ rally in Moore Square was attended by hundreds of students, veteran activists, and other concern citizens. Click here to read the article by the News Observer.

Kansas - Governor Takes a Stand Against Racism™ on Steps of Kansas Capitol

Governor Parkinson and Shawnee County Commission Chair Shelly Buhler both spoke at the event. Officials from the Topeka police Department, Mayor's office, and state legislature also attended today's rally. Click here to see footage from WIBW TV.

New Jersey - Trenton Catholic Academy Students Line the Street with Signs in Trenton

Students from Trenton Catholic Academy each hold a letter sign that spells "TCA Stands Against Racism." In addition, students wrote poems such as an 11th grader's poem entitled "Can Anyone Explain Why I'm Judged?" Click here to read the article.

North Carolina - YWCA Asheville's Stand Against Racism™ Video on You Tube

Stand Against Racism Video by YWCA Asheville

Virginia - YWCA Roanoke's Stand Against Racism™ on the Evening News


Connecticut - First Baptist Church at Greenwich Taking a Stand

Voices of Inspiration, the Choir of First Baptist Church sings at the YWCA's Stand Against Racism™ Day, at Greenwich Town Hall mmeting room. Click here to read the story.

New York - Children Taking a Stand in Troy, NY

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North Carolina - WBTV's Coverage of the Stand Against Racism™ in Charlotte


New York - Twin Cities Take a Stand Against Racism™

A crowd gathers at the bridge spanning the Erie Canal between Tonowanda and Niagara Falls, New York. Click here to read the story by the Tonowandas News.

Ohio - Eleven-year Old Wins Stand Against Racism™ Poetry Contest

Reanna Walls, 11, a student at Warren Western Reserve Middle School, reads her poem Saturday during the Stand Against Racism™ 2010 program at the YWCA Warren. In the background, Warren Mayor Michael O’Brien, left, and YWCA Executive Director Shari Harrell look on. Click here to read the article by the Tribune Chronicle.

West Virginia - Jewish and Islamic Teens Gather to Take a Stand Against Racism™

Jewish and Islamic Teens met to break bread during their Stand Against Racism™ in Charleston. They learned about the two religions. Rabbi Victor Urecki of the B'nai Jacob Synagogue and Ehteshamul Haque, Imam of the Islamic Association of West Virginia organized the Stand. Click here to read the story.

Oklahoma - The North Tulsa Historical Society's Stand Against Racism™.

Numbers in Tulsa twice as high as expected. Click here to read the story by Tulsa World.

South Carolina - Charleston Mayor Takes a Stand Against Racism™

Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston, South Carolina speaking to a crowd while a participant holds up a sign. Click here to read the full story.

New Jersey - It's a Small World After All...

Preschoolers from the YWCA Trenton's Young Wonders Preschool in Hamilton, New Jersey celebrated the 45 cultures represented in this diverse program as a way to Stand Against Racism™ through this display at the local public library.

Nebraska - YWCA Grand Island's Billboard!

A local advertiser sponsored a billboard for the YWCA Grand Island. This highly visible billboard was located on a major thoroughfare in Grand Island, promoting the Stand Against Racism™.

Pennsylvania - Schuylkill School District "Tie-Down Racism" During their Sand

Students were given ribbons to be tied together to make one giant awareness ribbon. See picture above. To see other creative Stands by the Schuylkill Schools, click here.

Massachusetts - College President Leads Stand Against Racism™ Events in Worcester

Click here to see a summary slide show of all the events that took place at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA, led by the President and the College’s Diversity Caucus members.

New Jersey - YWCA Essex's Stand Against Racism™

Tennessee - 3,000 People Take a Stand in Nashville!

Congressman Jim Cooper taking a Stand Against Racism™ at the YWCA Nashville's Stand. Councilman Sean McGuire also presented YWCA CEO Pat Shea with a resolution in support of Stand Against Racism™. Click here to read the resolution. Students from three local universities read inspirational quotes and a group of singers sang songs appropriate to the day, spreading the message to 3,000 people in Nashville.

Michigan - Mayor of Grand Rapids Issues Proclamation


Mayor George Heartwell of Grand Rapids, Michigan read a proclamation during a City Commission meeting declaring April 30 as Stand Against Racism™ Day. The proclamation was received by YWCA Central Michigan CEO, Carla Blinkhorn, along with member of the SAR committee, sporting SAR t-shirts and members of the Community Relations Commission at the City of Grand Rapids.

West Virginia - Stand Against Racism™ Coverage by WCHS


North Carolina - Large Stand Against Racism™ Rally at YWCA Greater Triangle by News14

Hundreds gather to hear from Dr. David Forbes, of the Student non-violent coordinating committee or SNCC. Dr. Forbes is delivering the message that even though society has made great strides in civil rights, there is still more to be done.

New Jersey - "Human Chain" Formed by Business Owners in Princeton

For their Stand Against Racism™, the Cranbury Station Gallery organized various merchants at Palmer Square to form a human chain in front of their businesses and then walked down to Palmer Square for a rally. Click here to see more pictures.

North Carolina - Stand Against Racism™ in Black Mountain, NC

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New York - Albany's Stand Against Racism™ Video...

Virginia - "There is Just One Race" Exhibit in Norfolk, VA

Photo from the Stand Against Racism™ Event at the YWCA's After School Program.

Connecticut - Orange Ribbons Used to Display Stand Against Racism™ Day in Darien

Orange Ribbons Display Stand Against Racism™ Day in Darien, CT. Click here to read the full story by the Darien Patch.

North Dakota - U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Takes a Stand in Fargo

U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Karen Klein facilitating a Stand Against Racism™ event at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo, North Dakota (picture by Fargo Forum Newspaper).

Virginia - Kids Taking a Stand Against Racism™ at Norfolk's For Kids

Oklahoma - Hispanic, Native American and Other Groups Take Stand Against Racism™ Message to the Malls

Connecticut - YWCA Darien/Norwalk's Stand Against Racism™

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Board President Kristin Calve speaking in front of the crowd outside the YWCA Building. Click here to see more photos.

North Carolina - The City of Asheville Stands with the YWCA...


To read stories and see more pictures of the Stand Against Racism™ in Asheville, click here.

New York - Maine-Endwell School District's Stand Against Racism™

The Maine-Endwell schools did a skin color activity in which the students were explained the science behind different skin colors. After reading the book All the Colors We Are, the students brainstormed names for all the different skin tones, and then made hand prints in their skin colors. Click here to see coverage of this creative Stand by Fox 40 news or click here for the story byWBNG.

North Carolina - Confederate Flag on Truck Passing in front of Kids Taking a Stand in Wilmington

The YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear shared these pictures which, in their own words, "give an indication of what is sometimes considered ‘typical’ in our area (note flag on truck as it passed)….but the kids made sure their message was seen by all who passed that day!" Also, the New Hanover County Commissioners adopted a resolution for the Stand Against Racism™. To read the resolution, click here.

New Jersey - Stand Against Racism™ at Paramus Park Mall in Bergen County

Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan, YWCA CEO Monica Roers and Bergen County Freeholder Robert Hermansen take a Stand Against Racism™, while Paramus High School students perform musical selections at Paramus Park Mall in Bergen County, New Jersey. Click here to see more pictures.

Ohio - Mayor of Dayton Takes a Stand Against Racism™

Kansas - Topeka Elementary School's Stand Against Racism™

Shaner Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas

New Jersey - Dumont High School's Multicultural Salad Sculpture

The Art Honor Society and the students of Dumont High School in New Jersey created a large “multicultural origami salad” to represent our society. In a “salad” all the ingredients keep their individual characteristics while being held together in one bowl. Our American society is truly a “multicultural salad.”

New York - Everywoman Opportunity Center's Stand in Buffalo

Sponsored by the YWCA Tonowandas, the staff from Everywoman Opportunity Center taking a Stand Against Racism™.

Alabama - Minor High School Students Organized their Stand Against Racism™

Minor High School students in Adamsville, Alabama had poster contests, quotes read throughout the day and history teachers taught a lesson on racism in their classes. The school's Heritage Panel sponsored  their 2010 Stand Against Racism™

New Jersey - Assisted Living Facility Taking a Stand Against Racism™

Residents of the Clare Estate Assisted Living Facility in Bordentown, New Jersey listen to a speaker during their Stand Against Racism™.

New York - High Schoolers' Creative Stand in Jamestown

Students and staff members took a bookmark and pin to be used in a virtual “Stand” held at Chautauqua Striders High School.

New York - Elmira's Stand: Bricks, Labels, Posters and Murals!

The YWCA Elmira received permission from the City of Elmira to close the area of Gray Street between Lake and Baldwin Streets. A stage 8’x12’ stage and 12 6ft tables were placed on Gray Street to accommodate the artists/performers/participants who had signed up to speak out on April 30. Students participated in arts and craft projects – bricks, tearing off labels, posters, and murals – most of which were transported to the YWCA and erected into 8’x 4’ walls that were displayed on Gray Street on the day of the event.

Pennsylvania - Penn State's Campus-Wide Stand Against Racism™

Penn State Students held a campus-wide Stand at 12:00 pm (Schuylkill Campus).

North Carolina - Charlotte's Stand Against Racism™...A Powerful Video!


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