Racial Justice Program

Upcoming Events

April 25, 2020 | 9 AM 4th Annual YWCA Race to End Racism Magic Island, West Side

YWCA Racial Justice Program

Integral to our mission, eliminating racism is part of what we do. Dating back to the 1940’s – decades before the civil rights movement – YWCA Charleston seated a woman of color on its board of directors, and issued an official proclamation condemning segregation. Over the decades, our work has taken many forms, including training, research and consciousness-raising events. For several years, we have had a racial justice advocate working in Kanawha County courts, ensuring victims of domestic violence receive equal treatment and protection under the law. In 2017, YWCA Charleston launched its inaugural Race to End Racism, held in conjunction with YWCA USA’s Stand Against Racism campaign. Guided by our Racial Justice Committee, comprised of members of diverse faiths, ethnicities, races, ages, socio-economic statuses and professions, YWCA Charleston works with a broad spectrum of partners and social justice organizations to address the ways racism is tearing the fabric of our families and communities.

Questions? Want to get involved? 

Contact Deedra Keys-Switzer, Program Director


Be a part of the conversation and take action!

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At YWCA Charleston we are dedicated to our mission: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.