Sunday, June 18
Beth Emet will field a team to participate in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend this annual event that supports racial justice and violence prevention in our community.
This is family friendly event, and casual walkers, competitive runners and everyone in between are invited to join the team and participate. There is a 5K run, a 10K run, a 5K walk, and a youth mile, all of which take place near Northwestern University. Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted during the 5K walk, and parents may accompany their children on the youth mile, as well. Refershments, tshirts, and other give-aways are included in the registration fee.
The Race Against Hate honors the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Men's Basketball Coach who, while walking with his two young children in 1999 was murdered by a white supremacist. Because of Ricky's lifelong love of sports and compelling work with young people in the community, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate was launched by his widow, family and friends to bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all of its forms.
Proceeds from the Race Against Hate are used to further the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in particular their efforts in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention. With this funding, YWCA assists children in local schools and youth organizations to challenge their own prejudices and foster healthy, violence-free relationships among their peers; supports teenagers in examining their own relationships and practicing constructive ways to handle conflict and differences; and encourages adults to engage in constructive dialogue, interactive activities and meaningful action as related to racial justice.