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21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

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The pain is harder to clean

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Shannon Isom is president and CEO of YWCA Dayton, the oldest social service organization for women in Montgomery and Preble counties. Since 1870 it has been on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The spray paint came off easily. During weekend protests across downtown Dayton,… Continue Reading The pain is harder to clean

The wholeness of us

Friday, May 24, 2019

This essay is part of our 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge during Week 4: Community Impact – Hate, Discrimination, and Healing. It is written by YWCA Dayton’s President and CEO, Shannon Isom, and is part of the Dayton United Against Hate response to a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated rally scheduled for May 25 in… Continue Reading The wholeness of us

Black Woman: A Poem

Friday, May 24, 2019

This poem is part of our 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge during Week 4: Community Impact – Hate, Discrimination, and Healing. It is written by Breanna McGowan, who performs under the name Quiet Storm. She is the local Dayton “poetry mom,” co-organizer of Dayton Poetry Slam, and author of the book, Tornado Warnings… Continue Reading Black Woman: A Poem

Before and after

Thursday, May 23, 2019

This essay is part of our 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge during Week 4: Community Impact – Hate, Discrimination, and Healing. It is written by Michelle Novak, a self-employed organizational consultant for non-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance and a master’s degree in public administration, having also studied in… Continue Reading Before and after

Areas of opportunity

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

This essay is part of our 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge during Week 2: Segregated Systems. It is written by Amaha Sellassie, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Applied Social Issues at Sinclair College. He is the former chair of the Dayton Human Relations Council board and co-founder of… Continue Reading Areas of opportunity