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LT to join Race Unity Rally

Lyons Township High School Superintendent Dr. Brian Waterman, Principal Dr. Jen Tyrrell and Director of Equity and Belonging Dr. Jennifer Rowe will all discuss ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts at LTHS as part of this year’s 30th Annual Race Unity Rally on Sunday, September 12, 3pm at LaGrange Village Hall.

The CommUNITY Diversity Group of La Grange is also sponsoring Diversity Days events, including information about African Americans in historic LaGrange, a youth choir with Rev. Shawana McGee, youth reading diversity essays, and a Village of LaGrange Race Unity Day proclamation.

Also at this year's Rally, the Diversity Achievement Award is being presented to Pastor Sean Williams, Lyonsville Congregational Church, for all of his antiracism work in our community, most especially his initiative to create the "Building An Anti-Racist Community Together: Action for All Ages" Conference in April 2021. The inaugural Minnie Carr Community Service Award will be presented to the Lacey-Hill Community Outreach Foundation for their work in our community, including an annual Thanksgiving Dinner, as well as groceries, school supplies, meals and more. Please come out and support Race Unity Day in LaGrange and celebrate the diversity in our community.

The theme for the 30th Annual Race Unity Rally is: "Racial Healing Through Understanding Our History." It was inspired by James W. Loewen, who died this week at age 79. He was the author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong," and "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism" among others. Loewen firmly believed and often repeated, "Telling the truth about the past helps cause justice in the present. Achieving justice in the present helps us tell the truth about the past."

MORE DIVERSITY DAYS EVENTS:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 31 @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Virtual Book Discussion of Register at https://tinyurl.com/83121BookDiscussion
  • Friday, Sept. 10 @ 5:30-8:30 pm: Screening and Discussion of the Documentary 13th at La Grange Public Library
  • Saturday, Sept. 11 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Diversity Story Time with La Grange Public Library at Spring Avenue Park
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14 @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Virtual Book Discussion of Caste. Register at https://tinyurl.com/091421BookDiscussion

 

NOTE: CDC GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED FOR ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS.