The Anti-Racism Coalition of Vancouver is organizing Black Shirt Day on Friday, Jan. 15 – a day chosen to honour the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A press release from the coalition says it would like to see Black Shirt Day gain worldwide recognition “as an international day of education and discussion around the history of racism and the ongoing fight for civil rights fought by Black and racialized Canadians.”
It notes parallels to days such as Pink Shirt Day, in support of anti-bullying, and Orange Shirt Day, which shines a spotlight on the Indigenous residential school experience and the lasting harm it has done in Canada. As you may be aware, a Diversity and Anti-Racism Working Group of Richmond stakeholders was formed earlier this year and they are in the early stages of working through their mandate with deliberate thought and care. It’s entirely possible that Black Shirt Day will gain momentum and have a more robust and official rollout in the future, much like Pink and Orange Shirt Days have.
Here’s a link to a recent news article for more information. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/vancouver-anti-racism-advocates-calling-for-black-shirt-day(link is external)
We encourage staff, students and community members to wear their black shirts on Friday to show support for the anti-racism efforts.