Many attend the YMCA Stand Against Racism community rally and advocacy fair
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Many gathered on the steps of the historic Metro Courthouse on Thursday for the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism community rally.
The event promoted the importance of equity for communities of color and women.
“One thing we know for sure, if we don’t keep racism in our community in the spotlight, it could destroy us from the inside out,” said Sharon K. Roberson, President and CEO of YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee. “It’s always important to remember that racism exists in this community and we have to fight it on a daily basis.”
During the event, Caroline Randall Williams, granddaughter of Nashville civil rights leader Avon Williams, took the stage to shed light on the past and present.
There was also live music and support from other community organizations, including the NAACP.
“I always dreamed that one day these gatherings would no longer be necessary, that racism would be out. Inequality would no longer exist. I would live in a nation that embraces peace and justice,” said Brenda Haywood, Deputy Mayor of Nashville Community Engagement.” At that time, I was 12 years old. I’m 70 now and there’s still a need for these kinds of events.”
Haywood also shared a few words hoping to see some change in the future.
“My dream is that one day, very, very soon, we will embrace each other in love and peace and these events will no longer be necessary,” Haywood said.
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