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Thank you to all who joined us on Saturday, June 19th to celebrate the end of slavery in America.

The event was a resounding success. Thank you to all who visited. Our event included an interpretive trail, the Freedom Journey Trail, which included educational content and tips about how you can help advance equity in our community. Scroll down to take a digital tour of the trail, and access all of the additional resources we provided.

Keene Family YMCA seeks to be welcoming and inclusive without exception, and is steadfastly committed to supporting, highlighting, and celebrating diversity in our community year-round. Everyone is welcome at the Y. 

To advance equity, we must evaluate and dismantle the systemic barriers to opportunities, access and resources that have prevented the full participation of some groups and develop relevant solutions and support systems.

Continue the Journey

The first step is awareness. Here we’re providing you with some actions you can take to continue learning and to support national efforts to break down the barriers that have been contributing to the inequity that continues to plague our society. We hope you’ll find these resources helpful in furthering your understanding of the movement.  

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Interested in becoming a YMCA Diversity Ambassador? Complete the form and we’ll be in touch!

Racial Justice & Community Safety Committee Report

City of Keene, New Hampshire, March 18, 2021

“Does systemic racism exist in NH?”

by Dan and Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
NH Business Review, May 30, 2021

“Inequality at school – What’s behind the racial disparity in our education system?”

by Kirsten Weir
American Psychological Association, November 2016, Vol 47, No. 10

Institutional Racism in the Health Care System

AAFP, Policies

Racism in healthcare: What you need to know

Medical News Today

Racism and discrimination in health care: Providers and patients

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Health Blog

Institutional Racism and Health Care for Minorities

by Sharon Liao, WebMD

What is systemic racism?

by Kate Slater,

Anti-racist Roadmap

by Kate Slater

The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America

a publication of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization

Crossroads Ministry, Chicago, IL

Racism has a cost for everyone

TED Talk by Heather C. McGhee

How Structural Racism Works – Racist Policies as Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities

The New England Journal of Medicine, February 25, 2021
by Zinzi D. Bailey, Sc.D., M.S.P.H., Justin M. Feldman, Sc.D., and Mary T. Bassett, M.D., M.P.H.

7 myths about “defunding the police” debunked

by Howard Henderson and Ben Yisrael
Brookings, May 19, 2021

From Privilege to Progress

A national movement to desegregate the conversation about race and racism started by Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene

Two Distant Strangers

In this Oscar-winning short film, a man trying to get home to his dog becomes stuck in a time loop that forces him to relive a deadly run-in with a police officer.

Ending the War on Drugs: By the Numbers

by Betsy Pearl, June 27, 2018

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo


Race, not racism, dictates health outcomes.


"For decades, scientists have demonstrated that experiencing racial discrimination produces a raft of negative health effects such as elevated blood pressure, hypertension, and early aging through a process known as weathering." --Dan and Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
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All police are racist and "Defund" means "Abolish."


"Contemporary U.S. policing has roots in slave patrols, which were first established in 18th-century colonial Virginia in an effort to capture runaways and quell uprisings." --Bailey, Feldman, and Bassett
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"Natural Neighborhoods" exist because people choose to live in them rather than laws and policies creating them.


"While [approximately 1.2 million] Black servicemen fought in World War II, the benefits afforded under the GI Bill were not extended to them." --Kate Slater
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Educational resources are equally distributed across schools.


"According to the NH Department of Education, spending per pupil in Manchester, where the majority of African American students reside, is just 74 cents for every dollar of per pupil spending statewide." --Dan and Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
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The gap in wealth between Blacks and whites in America would be overcome if Blacks just made better financial decisions and got their act together.


"...national data clearly shows that workers of color earn less than their colleagues of European descent with the same job and qualifications and are less likely to be promoted." --Dan and Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
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All women, at some point in their lives, experience similar beauty and body-image insecurities.


African American women carry the additional insecurities and emotional burden of negative biases against the images of Black beauty rooted in the institution of slavery.
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