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?

You can also start with learning the language and words that reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. It is essential to achieve some degree of shared understanding, particularly when using the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced. Racial Equity Glossary available 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.


Articles to Read

Films and TV series to watch

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc)
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay)
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.)
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)
  • Many Rivers to Cross - PBS


More anti-racism resources to check out