Join the YWCA and the University of Southern Indiana and take a Stand Against Racism with a rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the University Center Amphitheatre, located outside of the University Center on the USI campus.
The rally will include comments from a variety of local officials, including Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, who will read a special proclamation; Erika Taylor, CEO of the YWCA; Diane Clements of the Human Relations Commission; State Representative Gail Riecken; and Danyelle Granger, assistant vice president of diversity and Foundation Program officer at Old National Bank. Representatives of various USI student groups will speak and Designed by Grace, USI’s gospel choir, will perform.
Stand Against Racism is a nationwide movement that was initiated by the YWCA of Trenton, New Jersey in 2008 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated.
“Our objective is to bring together organizations who believe, like we do, that united we can eliminate racism,” Taylor said.
The USI Social Work Department’s Center for Social Justice Education and the USI Office of the Provost have joined the YWCA to sponsor the event.
If it rains, the event will be held in the Eagle’s Nest in University Center West.
That evening, the YWCA, USI Center for Social Justice Education, and Arts Council of Southwest Indiana will present an Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. Artists will incorporate the topics of racism, race, social justice, diversity, or multiculturalism into their performances. Call the YWCA at 812/422-1191 if you are interested in performing.
Both events are free and open to the public.