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10 Days of Anti-Racist Action & Education 

March 11 - March 21, 2024

Over the course of ten days, Manasota Anti-Racism Coalition members will host a series of events focused on racial discrimination, structural racism, and building solidarity amongst people working for racial justice. The events will provide a space to hold crucial conversations about the current state-of-play of racial discrimination, its different manifestations and build power to counter racism. 

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We hope that you are able to attend an event during these ten days and connect with other community members that are working to combat racism.  Make a commitment to work to undo racism AND stay connected with the Manasota Anti-Racism Coalition by taking the pledge below: 

I pledge to strengthen my community by working to educate myself as well as transform my relationships, systems, and institutions to undo racism so that we may truly honor our shared humanity and respect the dignity of all.

 

I pledge to work to teach the youth in my family and community to not fear ideas or people, but to embrace the differences that strengthen us, develop the skills to have courageous dialogues despite any discomfort, and work collectively for equity and inclusion now and for the future. 

Scheduled Events

Manasota ASALH Freedom School

Saturday, March 16 – 11:30am-3pm

Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Come learn about the truthful history contributions of Africans and African Americans in the founding and development of American society and culture. Classes every Saturday. Lunch served at 11:30am. Registration required:  https://asalh-manasotafl.org/

Black Family Wellness Expo

Saturday, March 16, 10am-2pm 

Light of the World Church, 3809 Chapel Drive, Sarasota

FREE and OPEN to the Public

Free Mammograms Available - 

Women can schedule directly here: https://www.3dmobilemammography.com

or call to schedule: 844-546-5871

Registration Link for sponsors/vendors/speakers

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Ruby Performance and Talk Back

Sunday, March 17, 2pm 

West Coast Black Theatre Troupe

Tickets and Information HERE.

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Women of Resistance Art Opening

Wednesday, March 20 - 5:30-7pm 

Vicki Chelf's Women of Resistance Art Opening -

An exhibit that highlights the importance of women in defeating fascism in the 1930s-40s.Artist talk, refreshments, and music!

Registration link:

https://wslrfogartyville.ticketspice.com/032024-women-of-resistence-art-opening

Equal Ground's Florida Black Political Empowerment Call

Monday, March 18 - 7pm 

Equal Ground’s Florida Black Political Empowerment Call - 

The monthly call brings together state and national participants to learn about highlights within Florida's political landscape. Please note that this call is an inclusive space for allied partners and individuals.

Link to register HERE.

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Listening to Black Voices Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 20 - 5-7pm

MARCH 20 SPECIAL GUESTS:  Jim Lawrence, Former New York Police Commissioner, Jetson Grimes, Community Visionary, Dr. Caryl Sheffield, Educator, Dr. Janet Taylor, Psychiatrist and Self-Care Expert 

Location:  Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sponsored by: Frank and Elsie Bushroe Charitable Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Event is free, but registration is requested: click here for registration.

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Listening to Black Voices Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 21 - 11am-1pm

MARCH 21 SPECIAL GUESTS: Ann Hobson Pilot, Classical Musician, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Author and Journalist, Gale Fulton Ross, Artist, Dr. James Stewart, Economist, Scholar, and Professor 

Location:  Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sponsored by: Frank and Elsie Bushroe Charitable Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Event is free, but registration is requested: click here for registration.  

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Take a Walk in my Shoes

Thursday, March 21 - 5-7pm 

Join us for an eye-opening event where you can truly empathize with the challenges faced by different minorities. Discover the real stories behind their daily struggles against hate. Through personal narratives and shared experiences, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the strength and resilience required to combat discrimination. Don't miss this opportunity to walk in their shoes and stand united against hate.

MORE DETAILS HERE.

Location: Syster Hall, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1031 S. Euclid Avenue, Sarasota

Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women

Registration Link

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What’s Next?  

Saturday, March 23 – 10am-12pm

Join Coalition members to celebrate, reflect on the ten principles of anti-racism, and plan for the future. All are welcome.

Location: Church of the Palms, 3224 BEE RIDGE ROAD, SARASOTA, FL 34239.  Sponsored by the Sarasota Anti-Racism Initiative.  Registration Link. 

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