BELLINGHAM - The Bellingham YWCA will show films and host other events in April as part of its fourth annual observance of the national Stand Against Racism.
The Friday events will address the root causes of racism and encourage conversations, said organizers of the Bellingham observance. All events are free and will be at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Donations are welcome. Dates and times are:
- April 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Showing of the film "Present in All That We Do," which delves into the 1907 riot in which a mob of Bellingham residents rounded up the city's East Indian mill workers and ordered them out of town. It also looks at the legacy of that event.
- April 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: An activity called "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," which aims to raise awareness about how power and privilege affect racism.
- April 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Showing of "A Class Divided," a documentary about an Iowa teacher's experiment in 1968 in which she divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and browned-eyed groups to give them a lesson in discrimination. The film explores the lesson, its impact on the children, and its power 30 years later.
- April 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Community celebration, group photo and Stand Against Racism pledge.
Details are online at standagainstracism.org.
Reach Kie Relyea at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-2234.