As people across the country take part in the YWCA’s National Stand Against Racism Day, youth from the South Boston Boys and Girls Club will also be joining hands to show solidarity.
At exactly 4:30 p.m. Thursday members of the club, local residents, and representatives from the South Boston Association of Non-Profits will form a human chain around the West Sixth Street club.
“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.”
This is the second year club members and residents have taken part in the event. Last year participants highlighted what “we stand for” and this year they will 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.
In addition to the human chain, youth and residents will also be promoting the South Boston Association of Non-Profits’ Stand for Inclusion Stand for Community campaign.
“Through a simple cultural action of wearing a sticker labeled ‘I am South Boston’, community members will join together as one community, acknowledging each other's gifts and voices, the amazing diversity that the community has to offer, and the opportunity to create a shared new future as a thriving and welcoming neighborhood,” Michael Dowling, president of the South Boston Association of Non-Profits, said in a statement.