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A Lovingly Distinctive Approach to the Elimination of Racism:

Fostering a Moral and Spiritual Change in Individual Hearts.

Can you see yourself as a partner in Racial Justice?

Partners in racial justice are connecting hearts in a movement toward the elimination of racism. Partners in racial justice are engaging in creative ways and means of bringing all people together in the pursuit of racial justice, healing and unity. Partners in racial justice are committed to a lovingly distinctive approach to the elimination of racism, fostering a moral and spiritual change in individual hearts. We hope that you will join us as a partner in racial justice.

Connecting Hearts

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Eliminating Racism

Racism is a profound deviation from the standard of true morality. It deprives a portion of humanity of the opportunity to cultivate and express the full range of their capability and to live a meaningful and flourishing life, while blighting the progress of the rest of humankind. It cannot be rooted out by contest and conflict. It must be supplanted by the establishment of just relationships among individuals, communities, and institutions of society that will uplift all and will not designate anyone as “other”. The change required is not merely social and economic, but above all moral and spiritual.

– Universal House of Justice, July 22, 2020

If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Race Amity reflections

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What is Race Amity? Listen to these thought leaders explain what race amity means to them.

About the Movement

On the one hand, America’s most foundational belief is — E Pluribus Unum, “Out of Many, One”. The opening of our constitution proclaims these words…”We
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On the other hand, racism is America’s first sin. Today, it is our most vital and challenging issue. For nearly 350 years, since the Declaration of Independence
was penned, America has lived in a state of cognitive dissonance and conflict. Our history, while a great one, has been marred by the near extermination of the
Indigenous people who had occupied these lands for centuries and the enslavement of Africans brought to our shores in chains. From those earliest of
times racism and anti blackness has evolved into a systemic disease that has infected virtually every fiber of American society.

A moment of historic portent has arrived in America. The conscience of our citizens has stirred, creating possibilities for marked social change. (3)

Partners in Racial Justice (PRJ) believes that the peoples of the world are ultimately destined to realize the oneness of mankind. It is a condition of maturity
that we have been moving toward for the last two centuries as our world has become a mere neighborhood. But, there can be no oneness without equal
justice for all. And there will be no serious movement toward justice until we begin to care for one another as we do the members of our own family. That
essential caring will not occur through legislation and the enacting of laws, as important as such measures may be, as for more than a century, countervailing
forces to such laws have merely led to new expressions of the disease of racism. What is required to foster such caring, is to get to know one another. But, fear, operating even at the subconscious level, has created a mighty barrier to the condition of familiarity among most of us. We must break down those barriers with conscious intention. Perhaps we might say that the intentional creation of cross-racial relationships is the anti-racist, cycle-breaking work of our times. Creating relationships is not enough. These relationships must become heartfelt and deeply abiding. The key to such lies in the recognition of the truth of the oneness of mankind. Searching for that truth together enables us to experience our common humanity. PRJ believes that the desire for profound human
connection is embedded within the depths of each of our souls.

-Universal House of Justice, July 22, 2020

The Spaces

PRJ offers a variety of intentional spaces aimed at bringing hearts together. Promising to edify and inspire, programs will include group reflections on our spiritual reality, meaningful conversations on racial justice, and open discussions led by individuals putting the principle of the oneness of mankind into practice in a variety of ways.

Our Race Amity Welcome Portal Series is a wonderful place to start. 

A variety of other spaces racial justice oriented spaces are also offered: 

Fireside Chat: Curating a Safe Space for Meaningful and Courageous Conversation

Today's educational system is flawed with racist practices that cripple development for our children. Dr. Mayo, from her wealth of educational experience, will share innovative ways to rebuild our educational system from the advantage point of the power of diversity.

Fireside Chat: The Pupil of the Eye.

Music has long been recognized as a medium that can evoke emotions, inspire, and connect us with profound aspects of our being. This Fireside Chat explores the significance of music as the ladder to the soul and the gifts bestowed upon the people of the eye in their mission to contribute to the betterment of humanity. 

Eliminating Racism. Connecting Hearts.

Join us as we explore our shared identity together. This is an interfaith setting where we seek to eliminate racism while connecting...

Black and Indigenous Led Prayer and Meditation

An uplifting devotional space created and led by Black and Indigenous individuals. The Baha’i Writings proclaim special spiritual designations for each of these unique populations. Through cultural meditative expressions in art and philosophy followed by a united prayer circle, join us in celebration of the vision of the oneness of mankind.

Spirit of Blackness: Collective Power of Community

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about” — Margaret Wheatley

Spirit of Blackness: The Power of Hope

“In the darksome night of despair my eye turns expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor.” —'Abdu'l-Bahá

Connecting Hearts. Eliminating Racism

Join us as we explore together out shared identity.

Intimate Dialogue on Race: A Model That’s Having an Impact

Van has developed a format for "Intimate Dialogue" between Blacks and Whites over the past five years. Participants must dive into deep reflection of their household, community, education, careers, as they are impacted by "race." Come and hear Van share history and learnings from this model, and also get the opportunity to participate in a sample practice of this process of "Intimate Dialogue on Race."

Deconstructing Anti-Blackness: Celebrating Black Culture

One of the pillars of racism has been persistent attempts, over the past four centuries, to establish the false narrative of white supremacy through the demonizing of blackness. The irony of such a distorted narrative has been the simultaneous appropriation of every aspect of black culture, which lies at the root of virtually every form of American art and expression. Join us as we explore this question: How can we love the expression of a people while denigrating the people themselves?

Fireside Chat Series: Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men

Walk with Tod Ewing as he explores “Waking up Black in America.” Reflect on the creation of a new energy and image...

The Places

Confederate Currency: The Color of Money is a collection of 300 paintings by artist John W. Jones. Drawn from the money notes of nineteenth-century America, these paintings consider the inextricable relationship between the enslavement of Africans and the foundation of American economic power.

Partners in Racial Justice has worked with Jones to bring his work to galleries in Florida and Georgia, and continues to promote this message nationwide.