Selectmen supported a “Racial Amity Day” in June
On Tuesday, May 21, the Town of Wareham designated the second Sunday in June as “Racial Amity Day.” Wareham’s first Racial Amity Day will be June 9, 2019.
The idea was proposed by Nicholas Dix, the president of the Wareham High’s Global Education Club, and Matt Stanton, the Club faculty advisor and the leader of JROTC program.
Last October, the Wareham High’s Global Education Club met with a community group dedicated and watched a documentary about race amity. After, Dix and another representative of Wareham High’s Global Education Club had a profound discussion about the concept and how it can be implemented today.
In April, the Wareham High’s Global Education Club set Race Amity display at the school, presenting a history of people who have been involved in fostering cross-cultural and cross- racial friendship. Dix said that the Club wanted to reinforce the sense of equity, social justice, and unity within the community.
“We have not seen many racial issues in Wareham High School, but you don't stay in high school for the rest of your life, you go out into the real world,” said Dix. “You want to make sure that the people keep this idea and value of race amity with them, and not thinking about the differences but rather thinking about the similarity.”
The board unanimously voted to support the “Racial Amity Day.”
“These issues are important not just for Wareham but for schools, towns and societies all over the country and all over the world,” said Selectman Peter Teitelbaum. “This is a very important thing you are doing, thank you for it.”
Racial Amity Day is recognized across the country. To learn more, go to the National Center for Race Amity’s website, www.raceamity.org.