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Pictures: South Boston youth 'stand together' against racism

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 26, 2013 09:39 AM

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Club youth formed a human chain Thursday.


On Thursday, over 200 youth and staff from the South Boston Boys and Girls Club joined hands to show their city and neighborhood that they stand against racism.

The youth made a human chain around the West Sixth Street club Thursday afternoon to coincide with the YWCA’s National Stand Against Racism Day, held annually on Friday.

“We are standing against racism and violence and hatred and negativity, by displaying what we stand for and how we do it,” said Harry Duvall, executive director of the club. “Together we can do things we cannot accomplish alone. One person cannot wrap their arms around our building and hug it, but a few hundred people holding hands can.”

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Club youth and staff in front of the organization's main entrance.

This is the second year club members and staff have taken part in the initiative. Last year participants highlighted what “we stand for” with a club-wide activity. This year the students took to the street to highlight “standing together.”

“We feel there is more good in the world than bad, and more positive than negative, which is why the bad hurts so much, so we’d like to do our part to bend the arc evermore toward goodness,” added Duvall.

In 2007 the first Stand Against Racism Day was held at two New Jersey YWCA clubs. The day of action has since spread across the country with 39 states and more than 2,349 organizations participating in 2012, according to the YWCA.

The Boys and Girls Club, however, isn’t the only group in the neighborhood making a stand. The South Boston Association of Non-Profits is holding its Stand for Inclusion Stand for Community campaign Friday.

More information on local events can be found here.

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Club youth formed a human chain Thursday.

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