Striving for Race Unity

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.

Yellow Springs Bahá’ís Discover New Racial Awareness

In the aftermath of the George Floyd incident, there were 23 consecutive weeks of Black Lives Matter rallies in Yellow Springs. These rallies were organized primarily by youth in our town, some of whom had gone through local Bahá’í children’s programs. Inspired by the rallies and in solidarity with our youth and BLM initiatives taking place around the country, Cyprian Sajabi, my wife, Elaine, and I held what turned out to be three consecutive Zoom devotionals on racial justice issues.

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.

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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.