YWCA Stand Against Racism

April 27, 2010

CHARLESTON, SC – April 30, 2010 – On Friday, April 30, 2010, TheYWCA of Greater  Charleston  will be sponsoring The Stand Against Racism Event from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the YWCA facility at 106 ComingStreet.  The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the issueof racism in today’s society and to celebrate different cultures withinthe Charleston community.  This free event is open to the public and the community is invited to come and “take a stand against racism”.

Other sponsors include the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office forChildren, Youth, and Families, Charleston School of Law, CalvaryEpiscopal Church, Coastal Community Foundation, MUSC NCBI CampusLeadership Team, NAACP Charleston Branch, SC National Office of theACLU, League of Women Voters, and the Carolina Youth Development Center. The one day event is part of YWCA’s national Stand Against Racisminitiative, and YWCA’s across the nation will be hosting similar eventsworking to tackle issues of racism on Friday, April 30th.

The following community leaders will be speaking at the event:  MayorJoseph P. Riley, Jr., Jodee Robinson (Nuevos Caminos), Marlin Kempsen(Attorney), Jim Young (Charleston Ports Authority), and Lydia Cotton(Hispanic Liaison).  There will also be Bollywood Dancing, a Poetry Slam performance, music provided by a local DJ, and henna tattooing.

Inside the YWCA, several videos will be shown and continually playing,including one produced by youth from the West Ashley High Schoolleadership class.  Food will also be available for purchase.

Stand Against Racism Event Schedule is as follows:

11:00 – 11:05am                      Welcome by Kathleen Rodgers (YWCA)

11:05 – 11:15                          Mayor Riley

11:15 – 11:30                          Music by DJ

11:30 – 11:40                          Jodee Robinson (Nuevos Caminos)

11:40-12:00                             Music by DJ

12:00 – 12:10                          Marlin Kempsen (Attorney, MotleyRice)

12:10 – 12:20                          Bollywood Dance (Christina Hong,College of Charleston)

12:20 – 12:40                          Music by DJ

12:40 – 12:45                          West Ashley High SchoolLeadership Class Video Introduction

12:45 – 1:10                            Music by DJ

1:10 – 1:20                              Jim Young (Charleston PortAuthority)

1:20 – 1:30                              Music by DJ

1:30 – 1:40                              Lydia Cotton (Hispanic Liaison)

1:40 – 2:00pm                                    CLOSING REMARKS



FOR MORE INFO:                          Kathleen Rodgers

                                                            YWCA ofGreater Charleston

(843) 722-1644 Email: [email protected]