February is Black History Month and the YMCA has recognized iconic individuals for their achievements each day. We still have a few more days to celebrate the event, and the Y wants to end the month in a big way. The Y is asking that everyone wear black to mark the occasion. In a Facebook post on Monday, February 22, the Y discussed the reasoning behind the movement.

“The Y's African American Resource Network (AARN) cast a vision in 2020, as a response to the societal awakening to systemic racism, imploring all Ys to become anti-racist, multicultural organizations that intentionally lead and boldly model diverse and inclusive cultures that impact and strengthen the foundations of our communities.”

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The invitation to participate in ‘We Wear Black’ is open to everyone and will take place on Friday, February 26. You can post a photo on social media with the hashtag #WeWearBlack to show how you “take a stand against injustice and racism in all forms. We Wear Black to bring awareness to systemic racism and oppression of Black people in the United States and around the globe. Join us. Take a stand.” Be sure to tag @ymcasouthcoast as well.

I don't even know if I own a black shirt, but this is definitely a good reason to go out and buy one. I will admit that I have not been as good about educating myself on better ways to support the Black community. However, February isn’t the only month that I should be concerned with that effort. Friday is a good time to start.

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