Let’s stand united against racism

At United Way of Greater Stark County, we stand with those who are discriminated against and those who are fighting for racial equity. We support the peaceful demonstrations here at home and around the world. Our thoughts and our hearts are with those who have been and continue to be impacted by racism and injustice.

Local and national events have exposed an uncomfortable and heartbreaking truth – that systematic racism and social inequities run deep across our country, and our community is no exception.

We hear the stories of racial discrimination, fear and hatred that require empathy and action. As a community, we have a responsibility to amplify the voices of those impacted and shine light on these issues.

It is clear that as a country, as a community and as individuals, we need to do better. United Way of Greater Stark County is committed to making the necessary organizational changes to mitigate racism and injustice.

Our mantra has always been to LIVE UNITED because we know there is strength in numbers. The more we denounce racism and the more we work together to advocate for human dignity, equity, and social justice the greater our collective impact will be.

As an organization, we want to learn and grow by listening to our community and hearing how we can work together to help create this change.  We’re committed to continuing these conversations and working with other organizations to align our resources and bring about systemic change.

We continue to denounce racism and pledge to work toward a brighter future for all. We stand stronger when we LIVE UNITED.

Anti-Racist Resources

Are you ready to stand united against racism, but you’re not sure where to start?

Many people ask how they can become anti-racist and enact change. Writer Alyssa Klein and activist and filmmaker Sarah Sophie Flicker compiled a list of anti-racism resources to deepen their anti-racism work. These resources are intended to help those who are on the anti-racism journey. Original resources are located here .

Another way you can change the narrative is to participate in the Unity Challenge. Learn how to have those uncomfortable conversations and support the challenge that explores our unconscious attitudes about race, power, privilege and leadership. Learn how to encompass alternative voices through activities designed to dismantle racism.Help us reduce barriers and create transformational change. United Way is proud to partner with Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County and create transformational change!

Learn more.


Films and TV series to watch

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Available to rent for free
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow