Striving for Race Unity

Race Unity Day Becomes Race Unity Week

Update: Detailed schedules added.

Race Amity Day, a tradition started in 1921, will take on special significance this year, given the enormity of the events of the past 12 months.

In Columbus and Dayton Ohio, the Bahá’ís and Interfaith Forums will coordinate a series of in-person gatherings that will also be streamed via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The following weekend, Dr. Eric Dozier will lead a musical reflection on the history and significance of Juneteenth.

June Race Unity Events in Dayton — Join Online

Join the Dayton Ohio Interfaith Forum in June to celebrate the Centennial of the first Race Amity Conference.

Including a presentation on June 19th by Eric Dozier on the Significance of Juneteenth — Black Cultural Arts and Dialog — from Emancipation to today.

Multi-Racial Living Experience — Focus of March RJU Forum

The March 1 session of the Racial Justice and Unity Forum explored the Multi-Racial Unity Living experience (MRULE), a 25-year (and counting!) effort to build multi-racial community among undergraduate students at Michigan State University, and the insights it offers for those concerned with community building and racial justice and unity. 

The three presenters gave an overview of the origins and inner workings of the program and its development over time.

April 12, 2021 — Light Up the Night and Your Neighborhood

Akin and Gayle will share insights they have gained from grassroots community-building initiatives in their neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana — inspired by messages from the Bahá’í World Centre to contribute to the betterment of the world at the local level. They felt a deep desire to get to know their neighbors and have their neighbors come to know them. Taking one small step at a time led to numerous creative developments resulting in new friendships and activities.

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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.