Striving for Race Unity

Making Dreams into Reality—Honoring King Legacy

“Living the Dream – A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” was the focus of the presentation by Dr. Gwen Etter-Lewis at the fifth Racial Justice and Unity Forum on January 11, 2021.

What an amazing experience to be part of this Forum gathering – with 200 registered participants, of which 45 were seekers. More than 35 Bahá’ís volunteered to be facilitators of the breakout groups – 17 each having about 12 participants, in addition to two facilitators.

Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Gwen Etter-Lewis, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) professor of English, Linguistics, Black World Studies and Women’s Studies, will be the featured speaker at the January 11, 2021 session of the Racial Justice and Unity Forum, sponsored by the Regional Bahá’í Council of the Midwestern States.

Neighbors in the Lansing area march together for Race Amity in October 2020.

Race Amity Walk Attracts Neighbors

For the cause of Race Amity, neighbors held two marches and a campfire in Meridian Township, near Lansing Michigan.

“We decided to invite our neighbors to a ‘neighborhood walk for race amity.’ We developed a flier, printed it, and distributed it to 60 houses in our neighborhood …”

Map of the Cleveland area showing African American neighborhoods in blue and European neighborhoods in green.

Building Communities With Racial Justice

About 85 people met on October 12 to talk about how to work on racial healing while maintaining the momentum of the institute process, at the Racial Justice and Unity Forum.

The monthly consultation was frank, far-ranging, and productive.

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Race Unity in the US

Bahá’ís in the US have for a century worked to end racism and promote race unity.

RaceUnity.us, an Oral History

Racism is a profound deviation from the standard of true morality. It deprives a portion of humanity of the opportunity to cultivate and express the full range of their capability to live a meaningful and fluorishing life, while blighting the progress of the rest of humankind.

The Universal House of Justice
22 July 2020

The main thrust of Baha’i efforts toward social change is to build vibrant communities characterized by unity in diversity, mutual support and collective well-being.

Ideas and Resources for Race Unity Action

Bahá’u’lláh writes:

Ye are all the leaves of one tree and the drops of one ocean.