Race Against Racism sup­ports racial jus­tice pro­grams

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter For more in­for­ma­tion about YWCA TriCounty Area, visit their Face­book at face­book. com/yw­ca­tri­count­yarea or the web­site at yw­ca­tri­count­yarea.org.

POTTSTOWN » A sea of run­ners made River­front Park a lit­tle more col­or­ful on July 21.

Run­ners don­ning pris­tine white T-shirts didn’t keep them that way for long as they ran through bursts of pow­dery color dur­ing the YWCA’s Race Against Racism Color 5K. As more than 100 run­ners took their marks, vol­un­teers lined the trail to douse par­tic­i­pants in a rain­bow of chalky col­ors to sig­nify their stance against racism.

“The Race Against Racism is re­ally to raise aware­ness about racial jus­tice is­sues,” ex­plained Stacey Wood­land, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Tri-County YWCA Pottstown. “We re­ally wanted to do it in a fun way and so that we raise money for our racial jus­tice pro­grams that we do all year long.”

And the fun an­gle seems to have worked. Par­tic­i­pants were all smiles as they en­joyed the weather and crossed the fin­ish line in an ar­ray of col­ors.

“We’re just get­ting started but peo­ple have said that it’s been fun just hang­ing out be­fore the race this morn­ing and it’s a nice day out. It’s the last chance to be out be­fore a few days of rain,” said Wood­land.

Ac­cord­ing to the YWCA web­site, the race has helped raise $1,851 for the pro­grams and this year it has brought in more peo­ple than the pre­vi­ous year and from a larger ge­o­graph­i­cal area.

The Race Against Racism 5K was in con­nec­tion to the na­tional YWCA cam­paign called Stand Against Racism. The move­ment is about work­ing for racial jus­tice and cre­at­ing aware­ness about the neg­a­tive im­pacts of racism.

“We want to raise money to be able to of­fer racial jus­tice pro­grams es­pe­cially in Pottstown School Dis­trict. We just worked out an op­por­tu­nity to work with high school teach­ers at the Pottstown High School over the sum­mer for im­plicit bias train­ing. So we hope it’s go­ing to help re­ally start to heal the com­mu­nity from the youngest up,” said Wood­land. “We re­ally want to have an im­pact on ed­u­ca­tion eq­uity. We’re re­ally try­ing to have pro­grams that help teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors un­der­stand their own im­plicit bi­ases so that when they’re giv­ing sub­jec­tive dis­ci­pline that it doesn’t dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect stu­dents of color.”

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Par­tic­i­pants dashed to­ward the fin­ish line as they were doused with a rain­bow of col­ors at the Race Against Racism color 5K.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pink and yel­low pow­der flew through the air as run­ners cel­e­brated their ap­proach to the fin­ish line at the Race Against Racism in River­front Park.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vol­un­teers were armed with bot­tles of pow­dery color ready to paint par­tic­i­pants as they passed through check­points at the Race Against Racism in River­front Park.

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