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International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination

March 21st is known as International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination. It is observed annually on this day to commemorate the time police in South Africa opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. 

Since then, it was decided that a week of solidarity would call to light racism and racial discrimination. Although many racist laws and practices have been abolished in some countries today, we still need to fight against racism that still is present. 

It’s important to remember that we are all human beings and born free and equal. To celebrate this day, we can challenge the discrimination in our society by supporting those who are marginalized. 

This year’s theme is “youth standing up against racism” to foster a culture of inclusion and anti-discrimination. It emphasizes the work that youth across the country are doing to stand up to racial injustice. 

Together we all have an opportunity to make progress and continue to fight against discrimination so we can build a safer community where everyone feels respected. 

Check out the resources below to learn more:

Youth Standing Up Against Racism – A Future Of Race Equality Is Within our Grasp | YouTube 

Anti-Racism Resource Library

10 Organizations That Support Racial Equality

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Rosa Parks Day

February 4th is a time to honor and celebrate the life of American Civil Rights hero Rosa Parks

This day was made to commemorate the life of a woman who made a difference. 

In 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and took her seat in the bus’s assigned “colored” section. When the bus driver told her to give up her seat, she refused. Others before her had made similar refusals.  But her action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and became a symbol of the civil rights movement.  She was an activist and collaborated with leaders in the movement.

Her actions inspired others to fight for equality and to challenge the system of oppression. She was proof that we can protest in our own ways and that we all have a right to say no. 

It was a moment in time that continues to live on. We can celebrate this day by taking a moment to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and the history of segregation in the United States. 

Educating ourselves and our peers about the history of Rosa Parks will lead to open discussions about discrimination. 

Learn more about the life of Rosa Parks by following the resources below:

I Shall Not Be Moved By Rosa Parks

I Shall Not be Moved By Maya Angelou (collection of poetry)

I Am Rosa Parks By Rosa Parks & James Haskins 

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