Celebrating Black History Month

In 1889, YWCA Dayton opened the country’s first YWCA branch for African-American women and girls.

From the strength of a few in the 19th Century, it grew to a thriving site in the 20th Century with housing, an employment bureau, a community cafeteria, a Y-Teen program, educational and social classes, and more.

Today, we continue advocating at the intersections of gender and racial discrimination, noting as Audre Lorde did, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

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