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Susan Higgins and Kasar Abdullah at the 2018 Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism – Show Up & Show Out

Stand Against Racism seeks to build community among those working for racial and social justice and raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. Our 2020 theme is Show Up & Show Out – the importance of civic engagement in racial justice work. 

2020 Stand Against Racism – Show Up & Show Out Event Schedule

Thursday, February 6, 11:30am – 1pm
Lunch & Learn: A History of Structural Racism in Nashville REGISTER HERE
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
Lunch & Learn: Disenfranchisement, Voter Restoration, and a Path Towards Racial Justice REGISTER HERE
Dawn Harrington, Executive Director Free Hearts; Charlane Oliver, Executive Director The Equity Alliance; Brandon Tucker, Policy Director ACLU of Tennessee, Charles K. Grant, Veteran Litigator Baker Donelson (moderator)

Tuesday, April 14th, 6pm * Walk in Love | Martha O’Bryan Center *

Panel Discussion | Women in the Movement: Intergenerational Discussion on the Nashville Civil Rights Movement
Gloria McKissack, Janeisha Harris, Rev. Dr. Teresa Smallwood, Vanderbilt Divinity School (moderator)

Wednesday, April 22, 12pm to 1:00pm

Community Rally – Voter Registration and Census Drive
Metro Nashville Historic Courthouse | Public Square Park

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 2019 Stand Against Racism is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and Metro Human Relations Commission.

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