What is Race Amity Day?
Race Amity Day is observed annually on the second Sunday of June. It started in 1957 in the United States by the Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly. The purpose was to combat racism by focusing attention on racial prejudice. Racism is the belief that humans are divided into exclusive entities called ‘races,’ that there is a link between personality and physical traits, and also that some races are superior to others. The Bahá’í understood that racism is a hindrance to peace so they started this day to promote racial harmony and understanding.
This year, our community sponsors are inviting all to join us on Sunday, June11 @ 6 – 7:30 PM at the Weston Community Center, 20 Alphabet Lane, Weston MA.
Through the efforts of the National Center for Race Amity (www.raceamity.org), Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker signed into law H 2745, Chapter 163, Acts of 2015 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, establishing the Second Sunday in June annually as Race Amity Day. In part, the Race Amity Day canon states:
“The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the second Sunday in June as Massachusetts Race Amity Day to recognize that the people of the Commonwealth is comprised of multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial citizens, and to encourage friendship, collegiality, civility, respect and kindness as the commonly shared ideals of the collective citizenry of the commonwealth by joining with communities across the United States to reflect on the beauty and richness of the diverse peoples of this great nation while reaching out with a spirit of amity toward one another annually and recommending that the day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.”
Learn more about other Racity Amity Day Events Here.