Stand Against Racism

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Today, we face two global pandemics – COVID-19 and racial injustice. At this intersection, nearly one-third of Black people in the U.S. say they know someone who has died from coronavirus.

Join us to address different levels of racism impacting healthcare. You will hear from experts in healthcare who lead fights for the health and well-being of Black people and people of color amid COVID-19. The event will be moderated by YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee president & CEO, Sharon K. Roberson and feature these panelists:

Celia EzidiegwuMD, Pharmacovigilance Physician at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals; Specialty: Preventive Medicine

Tanzye Hill, DT, M.Ed., Founder and Owner of Birth Manifesta, LLC

Betsy Swann, MA, Community Health Manager at Siloam Health

Consuela H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, Meharry Medical College

Kinika Young, JD, Senior Director of Health Policy and Advocacy, Tennessee Justice Center

Register HERE and join us on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 12pm CST! You will receive Zoom log-in information the morning of the event. Please make sure to check all of your email folders for these instructions.


Presenting Sponsor

Peace Sponsor


Past YWCA Stand Against Racism Events

Stand Against Racism Virtual Lunch & Learn | Voting in a Time of Crisis

Wednesday, June 24 | 12 PM – 1 PM


As the August and November elections approach, we must equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools to advocate for our most vulnerably positioned community members to have access to the ballot. View our virtual lunch & learn on the state of felony disenfranchisement in Tennessee, voter restoration campaigns, and what you can do to advocate for expanded access to the ballot.

This webinar features:

Host: Sharon K. Roberson, President & CEO, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Moderator: Charles Grant, Veteran Litigator, Baker Donelson

Panelist: Dawn Harrington, Executive Director, Free Hearts

Panelist: Brandon Tucker, Policy Director, ACLU of Tennessee

Panelist: Robert Sherrill, The Equity Alliance

Learn more about our social justice work and advocacy platform here.

Click below to view our Stand Against Racism Virtual Community Rally that took place on April 22, 2020.

Pledge Against Racism

As an individual committed to social justice, I stand with YWCA against racism and discrimination of any kind. I will commit to a lifetime of promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people in my community and in the world.

The Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA and is part of the larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Race and the legacy of discrimination continue to affect our lives – whether in our everyday interactions with others at work, school, or in our neighborhoods and communities.The 2020 Stand Against Racism is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Metro Human Relations Commission, and Vanderbilt Divinity School Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative.

2020 Stand Against Racism Event Schedule

Thursday, February 6, 11:30am – 1pm
Lunch & Learn: A History of Structural Racism in Nashville
Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr., Historian and Professor at Tennessee State University & Dr. Wendy Thompson, Vice Chancellor Tennessee Board of Regents

Thursday, February 27, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Educational Forum:  Music to Mobilization in a Racial Justice Movement REGISTER HERE
Dr. Yvonne Kendall, Musicologist; Ernest “Rip” Patton, Former SNCC Member & Freedom Rider, Patrick Dailey, Tennessee State University, Beverly Watts, Exec. Dir. TN Human Rights Commission (moderator)

Thursday, March 26, 11:30am – 1:00pm  POSTPONED (see above – June 24, 2020)
Lunch & Learn: Disenfranchisement, Voter Restoration, and a Path Towards Racial Justice
Dawn Harrington, Executive Director Free Hearts; Robert Sherrill,  The Equity Alliance; Brandon Tucker, Policy Director ACLU of Tennessee, Charles K. Grant, Veteran Litigator Baker Donelson (moderator)

Please contact YWCA Sr. Manager for Social Justice Hannah Cornfield for more information 615-983-5129 or

To learn more about our Social Justice & Advocacy work, click here.


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Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative