Race Amity Day
Race Amity Day, observed annually on the second Sunday in June, is an opportunity to celebrate interracial friendship and showcase the power of interracial partnerships to foster lasting and powerful social change.
A wide range of grassroots observances are held in dozens of localities around the country, including fairs, picnics, festivals, arts and music presentations, and leadership luncheons. Each year, more than 100 local observances are estimated to take place in nearly every state of the union
State and Local Proclamations
At the state level, four states have established Race Amity Day in perpetuity, while three other states have proclaimed Race Amity Day on at least one occasion. Nearly 60 cities and counties in 17 states have also issued Race Amity Day proclamations.
Photo: Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts signs a proclamation establishing Race Amity Day on the second Sunday in June in perpetuity.
A National Commemorative Day
NCRA continues its long-standing advocacy efforts to secure a joint Congressional resolution establishing Race Amity Day in perpetuity, building on the U.S. Senate’s 2016 resolution “designating June 12, 2016, as a national day of racial amity and reconciliation.”
News and Stories
2019 Race Amity Day celebrations saw a tremendous upsurge across the nation fueled by Zoom teleconferences for Race Amity Day planning. As of this newsletter report, the number of communities noting activities surpassed ninety and is expected to exceed one hundred...
Ideas for Race Amity Day Observances
Race Amity Pot luck
Have a Race Amity Pot luck at the Town Green, Town Hall, Local Church, Synagogue, Mosque, etc.
Hang a Race Amity Day Banner
Get Permission and Hang a Race Amity Day Banner in the Town Green or at Town Hall (Nice size banner would cost about $90)
Observation on Steps of Town Hall
Have a small Race Amity Observation on Steps of Town Hall where the Proclamation and the Prayer for America is read.
Ad in the local paper
Take a display ad in the local paper that shows the Proclamation.
Race Amity Day 2K Run /Walk
Have a Race Amity Day 2K Run /Walk followed by an observance ceremony.
Screening of Race Amity Film
Have film Screening of Race Amity: America’s Other Tradition at the Public Library or school, church, synagogue, or mosque and hold a panel discussion as part of the program.
Read the Race Amity Day Proclamation
Contact local Interfaith groups and ask them to have their members read the Race Amity Day Proclamation and Prayer for America at their service on Race Amity Day weekend.
Cross Racial Cross Cultural Bingo
Hold a Race Amity Day Cross Racial Cross Cultural Bingo event with small prizes and invite the public.
Notify your town about Race Amity Day
Arrange a meeting with the Town Clerk and ask their assistance in notifying the town that the Second Sunday in June is Race Amity Day and send the notice to all Town Departments and include the PDF of the Proclamation with the notice.
Host a special Race Amity Day brunch
Invite local dignitaries to participate and provide a keynote speaker on a Race Amity topic.
Donate books to a public library
Have your book club make a special donation to the local library in honor of Race Amity Day and include books on Race Amity that you have read the previous months.