Sumner Hall is pleased to partner with SACRJ by providing it with an institutional home and financial management support. Donations to SACRJ are to be made payable to “Sumner Hall” and designate as either “SACRJ General Support” or “SACRJ food initiative”
The Social Action Committee for Racial Justice is a grassroots effort to build a just and equitable community in Kent County, Maryland. The initiative began after a series of Undoing Racism workshops held on the Eastern Shore by the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond between 2016 and 2017. The Institute offers 8 anti-racist organizing principles that SACRJ aspires to practice. These include analyzing power, developing leadership, maintaining accountability, and sharing culture.
- Students Talking About Race, S.T.A.R. – a student group that meets regularly to navigate racism faced by students. S.T.A.R. has also facilitated anti-racism workshops.
- Hosted a private viewing of Black Panther in Middletown, providing transportation and tickets to youth and families who could otherwise not afford it. 56 attended.
- Organized March for Our Lives in Chestertown. S.T.A.R. students spoke in front of 500 attendees.
- Political Candidate Interviews. With the NAACP, hosted a community forum to identify priority issues before midterm elections. Members interviewed all twelve local candidates for County Commissioner, State’s Attorney, and Board of Education. The Kent County News and Chestertown Spy both reported.
- During the COVID19 shut down, SACRJ started the “Feed the Children and the Elderly Initiative”. The tally after 14 weeks- 60 partner organizations, over 150 volunteers and more than 6,000 volunteer hours, 12,800 breakfast bags and 500 Easter baskets to children, 4,200 bags of groceries to seniors (including over 1,000 chef-prepared meals), 1200 pizzas and 930 gallons of milk to the community. An additional 1,180 gallons of milk were shared with neighboring counties. And we raised more than $65,000.00 in private donations and grants.
- Issued 100 Days of Action after George Floyd was murdered. The Days of Action included 25 Challenges For White People, to become more aware of systemic racism in our country. Another Day of Action item was the “It’s Time For Change” Rally with remarks from the State’s Attorney and a Chestertown Councilman- the highest elected Black official in Kent County. Music provided by local musicians and a Spoken Word performance by a local poet. The community came together to create a Tapestry For Change. SACRJ issued a set of policing reform demands to the County and municipalities. This event was co-hosted with the Kent Cultural Alliance.
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“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist—we must be anti-racist.” — Angela Davis