The 10th annual Stand Against Racism, hosted by the YWCA Greenwich was held on Friday 4/28 at the Greenwich Town Hall.
Stand Against Racism is one of the YWCA’s signature events to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism.
This year’s focus was community engagement, said Joan Mockler, the YWCA’s director of communications and racial justice. Participants were encouraged to stay on top of current events, vote and support one another in community efforts to end racism.
Valarie Shultz-Wilson, CEO of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut, was the guest speaker at the annual event.
First Selectman Peter Tesei read a Stand Against Racism proclamation and Greenwich Schools Superintendent Jill Gildea presented the YWCA Racial Justice Scholarship Awards to 3 deserving high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice. The winners of this year’s $1,000 scholarships are Daniel Osemobor of Brunswick School; Chelsea Beckford of Sacred Heart Greenwich; and René LaPointe Jameson of Greenwich High School.
The event, which was held in partnership with the Town of Greenwich, also featured the Rev. Ted Pardoe of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, the Rev. Felix Delatour of Little Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Greenwich High School Jazz Band.
Over 100 Greenwich-area businesses, schools, nonprofits and citizen groups signed onto the effort this year, up from 70 in 2017!
Writing by Patti Finkelstein.