Race Amity Day to be held on June 9

MTA is a sponsor of Greenway event

Race Amity Day, sponsored by the National Center for Race Amity at Wheelock College, will be held June 9 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. The MTA is a sponsor of the event.

The festival, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., is free, and the public is invited. Among other attractions, it includes live music, an arts tent, free face painting and an appearance by Curious George for children. Food will be sold from some of Boston’s most popular food trucks. A game tent will offer bid whist, dominoes and mahjong. Other tents will feature information about local colleges, community services and health and wellness. Last year, Mayor Thomas Menino proclaimed the second Sunday in June to be Race Amity Day, a celebration of cross-cultural collaboration that “invites neighborhoods across the City of Boston and surrounding communities to join in introspection and reflection on the beauty and richness of its diverse citizenry.” This year, Governor Deval Patrick has issued a proclamation declaring June 9 Race Amity Day across the Commonwealth.

Race Amity Day is a celebration of the human family, said Dr. William Smith, founding executive director of the National Center for Race Amity. The center’s programs include the Middle School Race Amity Theater Project, which uses theater to teach students moral reasoning skills, as well as campus-based race conversations.

Smith, a former community organizer in the Civil Rights Movement, has a deep history in race relations. He is also a Vietnam veteran and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Smith holds a doctorate in education from UMass Amherst.

Live musical acts during the celebration will include Lisa and Louie Bello, Kendall Ramseur and singer Wilda Mendez. Celtic, Latin, Cape Verdean, Gospel and Hip Hop music will also be performed. A Race Amity treasure hunt for adults and children with hundreds free prizes is a major feature of the event. A rain date has been set for Saturday, June 15.

More information on the National Center for Race Amity is available at:
http://www.wheelock.edu/ncra/