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YWCA Nashville holds 2024 Racial Justice Challenge

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YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has launched an all-new Racial Justice Challenge.

Are race relations truly advancing or regressing in Nashville and Tennessee as compared to half a century ago? As Nashville grappled with national scrutiny during the civil rights movement with iconic scenes of lunch counter sit-ins and desegregation efforts, the struggle for racial equality remains alarmingly relevant today. Recent events, from the brazen march of Neo-Nazis through our streets to the resurgence of anti-Semitic propaganda, underscore the urgent need for action. Against this backdrop, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has launched an all-new

Racial Justice Challenge that began on April 1. This initiative, presented for the second consecutive year by the Harnisch Foundation, aims not only to educate but to ignite a collective movement toward dismantling systemic racism and fostering true equity in our communities.

“Our mission is eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all,” said Sharon K. Roberson, president/CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. “It is crucial that we continue our racial and social justice pledge. This initiative is entering its fourth year, and it helps strengthen our racial justice muscle. We hope participants will come away with a broader perspective of their world and a hunger to keep learning while rooting out inequity in our communities and organizations.”

This year’s Racial Justice Challenge will focus on four topics over four weeks: Body Justice, Gun Violence, Financial Empowerment, and Transportation. Challenge-takers will be prompted to watch a video, listen to a podcast, reflect on personal experience and more. Participation in the project is intended to help individuals and groups discover the origins of racial and social injustices that continue to impact our community today. It is designed to be a flexible learning tool where individuals can engage in the activities on their own time and schedule.

YWCA is grateful to the Harnisch Foundation for supporting this initiative as presenting sponsor for the second year in a row. The founder and president of the foundation, Ruth Ann Harnisch, is an investor, philanthropist, activist, writer, and coach. Her ties to Nashville date to her time as a reporter and anchor for the CBS affiliate, WTVF-TV (NewsChannel 5), talk radio host at WLAC-AM, and columnist for the Nashville Banner.

“When I moved to Nashville in 1973, I was shocked to hear elected officials using racial slurs, to see prison officials taunting Black inmates, to know Black communities had been decimated by infrastructure that disrupted businesses and gathering places,” Harnisch said. “Fast forward over 50 years, and I’m proud to support the YWCA’s Racial Justice Challenge. I’m sad that we need it now more than ever.”

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee hosts 12th annual Wine Women & Shoes

On April 13, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee hosted its 12th annual Wine Women & Shoes, presented by Regions, at the Music City Center. This event brings Nashville’s most extraordinary women together to support individuals and their families who are experiencing domestic violence. It was named the Best Women’s Event by Nfocus magazine in its Best Parties 2023 issue.

Over the past decade, Wine Women & Shoes has raised more than $3 million for YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee to provide safety and shelter to thousands of people who turn to the Weaver Domestic Violence Center in their greatest time of need.

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