Select Board reads proclamations for Pride Month, Race Amity Day

May 31, 2022

Members of the Select Board read aloud two proclamations honoring Race Amity Day and Pride Month during their Tuesday night meeting.

Member Ron Besse read the town’s proclamation of Race Amity Day, which is honored throughout Massachusetts. The governor annually issues a proclamation designating the second Sunday in June as Massachusetts Race Amity Day after a state law was enacted in 2015. 

The town’s proclamation describes Wareham as comprising multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial citizens who shared common sentiments of friendship, civility, respect and kindness. Wareham has celebrated Race Amity in prior years, as have other Massachusetts communities.

Board chair Judith Whiteside briefly mentioned that a get-together may be arranged on the steps of Town Hall, which has happened in previous years but was halted during the pandemic.

Bourne - Wareham Race Amity will host a celebration of Race Amity Day on June 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street in Buzzards Bay. 

Board member Jared Chadwick read the second proclamation honoring Pride Month in Wareham for June 2022.

The proclamation references the Stonewall Inn riots in Manhattan in 1969, the Supreme Court decision in 2015 that named same-sex marriage as a civil right and that Wareham understands that LGBT rights are human rights. 

The Select Board honored Pride Month last June as well after a resident requested the town recognize the month in 2021.