Consultation and celebration in honor of Race Unity Day
When: Sunday June 10th, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where: DC Bahá’í Center 5713 16th St NW
Race Unity Day: Second Sunday in June
Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, implored people to “Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of oneness.”
To that end, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States inaugurated Race Unity Day in 1957 to promote racial harmony and understanding. Since then, communities throughout the country have held celebrations, open to the public, on the second Sunday in June.
The purpose of Race Unity Day is to focus attention on racial prejudice, which Baha’is believe is the most challenging moral issue facing our nation. Writing in the mid-1800s, Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, stated unequivocally that humanity is a single race and called on the world to recognize the principle of human oneness in all spheres.
Worldwide, Baha’is have sought to build a model of racial integration by embracing people from all races, backgrounds and classes of society.