Lynnwood takes a Stand Against Racism

Madyln Bryant (left) and Ella Bryant color their Stand Against Racism flags with the assistance of YWCA art therapy intern Darcy Marlow at the Stand Against Racism event Friday at the Lynnwood Civic Campus.


Story and photos by David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

Young and old, black and white and everyone in between gathered in Lynnwood on Friday afternoon with one goal in mind: To take a stand against racism.

The program, which was held front of the Lynnwood Civic Campus, was one of 3,000 that took place across the nation. The Stand Against Racism event is a national movement of the YWCA. Friday’s program was hosted by the YWCA of Snohomish County and the Lynnwood Diversity Commission.

Edmonds Community College student Feven Haile performed her “Untitled” poem.

Among the speakers was Edmonds Community College student Feven Haile, who read her “Untitled” poem.

“It’s about looking beyond borders, beyond structure, ethnicity and race,” said Haile, who is a sophomore studying biology. “I want people to remember that at the end of the day we’re all one.”

Haile was inspired to write her poem through her involvement in the college’s Black Student Union. She first read the poem during the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. program in January.

“It’s about coming together,” Haile said. “Everyone is working to unify people and to help distribute resources.”

Also speaking to the large crowd was Hassan Khan, a member of the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community. The community worships at a mosque located on Highway 99 in Lynnwood. Prominently displayed on the building are the words “Love for All, Hatred for None.”

Khan noted that the city took the initiative to send representatives from the Diversity Commission to meet the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community when they moved to Lynnwood.

“They were very welcoming to a diverse group,” Khan said. “Living in Lynnwood has been a real blessing for us.”

One of the goals of the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community is to “help a bridge between different faith communities,” Khan said. The community hosts services where other churches and synagogues are encouraged to attend.

The goal is to “promote mutual understanding,” Khan said. “We would like more participation from residents of Lynnwood.”

Eliminating racism is a first step in creating a better society, Khan said. But he encouraged people to do more.

“We want to work toward creating a society where people are kind to each other and love each other,” he added. “We want to treat each other like family.”

Also speaking at the event was Mayor Don Gough, City Council President Loren Simmonds, Edmonds School District Board member Gary Noble and Diversity Commission Vice Chair Glenda Powell-Freeman. Senior Regional Director of YWCA of Snohomish County Mary Anne Dillon provided the opening remarks.

Children and adults had the opportunity to create their own “Stand Against Racism” flags at a crafts table. Almost 300 of the flags from people in Snohomish and King counties were on display at Friday’s event.

Hassan Khan of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community urged everyone to treat each other like family.



  1. I was very disappointed that there was no mention of my sons (Dylan and Martin Creed) performance at this event, they provided the welcome music and Martin performed “Change is Gonna Come” as he did at the MLK event at the Convention Center. Their work and investment should have been recognized, aside from their performance they set up the stage and provided the PA system for this event.

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