Lynnwood residents, politicians and city staff all came together to take a Stand Against Racism Friday afternoon in the City Council Chambers.
The second annual event was organized by the city and YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish County.
Speakers included Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, City Council President Loren Simmonds, YWCA Senior Regional Director Mary Anne Dillon, Edmonds Community College Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Inclusion Tonya Drake and Lynnwood Diversity Commission Vice Chair Rosamaria Graziani.
Edmonds Community College students Amreen Mushtaq and Tshepo Mboni addressed the crowd and Mboni also did a native dance/musical routine from his home country of South Africa. Edmonds Community College student Ana Albano opened the event with a musical performance.
Edmonds Community College student Jennifer Delia led the crowd in the anti-racism pledge which said:
“As an individual committed to social justice, I stand with the YWCA and the City of Lynnwood against racism and discrimination of any kind. I will commit to a lifetime of promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people in my community and in the world.”