Stand Against Racism

The Stand Against Racism is an annual event of the YWCA held in April. By participating in this event, you help raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it should no longer be tolerated. We seek to bring people together across communities for one common goal- the elimination of racism. We ask you to make your voice heard by joining the Stand Against Racism. Our strength is YOU!


April 24th - April 30th, 2017

 Theme: Women of Color Leading Change

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. 


2017 Event Recap


Anne Braden: Southern Patriot Film Screening 

Hosted by SURJ Wilmington and CFCC Feminist Alliance

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a documentary exploring the life of Braden as a grassroots organizer, journalist, movement strategist, social chronicler, teacher, mentor, and American civil rights leader. In the film, Braden recalls 60 years of activism that intersected and linked issues of race with civil liberties, class, gender, sexuality, economic justice, environmentalism, and peace. 


Solidarity Tuesday

On Tuesday, we woreORANGE to show our support for the Stand Against Racism!


90's Community Youth Jam


Hosted by the BRC on the Prevention of Youth Violence

 This event provided a safe and supportive environment for local  12-18 year olds to interact with other students and community members.

Potluck For Peace


Hosted by St. James Parish

Potluck for Peace is an effort to impact peaceful change in the community through food, fellowship, and enriching dialogue. By combining a wide variety of community members, we hope to create a powerful conversation about change, acceptance, and awareness. Our guest panelists discussed “Women Leading Through Generations." Thank you to panelists Yndiana Montes, Henriett Jones, Connie Jordan, Maria Castillo, Elizabeth Barfield, Linda Rawley Thompson, Khalilah Olokunola, Maylee Chai, Resea Willis, and Waltrina Barnett.


"Take your Lunch & Take a Stand"


Hosted by YWCA Lower Cape Fear 

Community members joined us for The Stand Against Racism, immediately followed by entertainment, guest speakers, food trucks & more! Thank you to Port City Dragons of Creative Flame, Wilmington Drum and Dance, GLOW Girls Academy Performance Troupe, Madafo Lloyd Wilson, Kobe & Kylah African Dancers, Selected members of Physical Graffiti Dance Troupe, Laura McClean, Blaire Postman, Airynn Robinson, "Falling for Tuesday," and guest appearance from members of Dark Water Rising.



13th Film Screening


Hosted by Cucalorus

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.  A discussion of the film and its issues, themes, and ideas immediately followed. 


Soul Sessions Open Mic Night 


Hosted by Support The Port and Soul Society

We celebrated the 2017 Stand Against Racism with spoken word performances, bands, and more at the Soul Sessions open mic night!



Thank you to our 2017 media partners and sponsors!





For more information on any of these events or about the YWCA's annual Stand Against Racism, please email us or call 910.799.6820.