Moreno Valley, CA – As overt and deadly racism continues to rise all over the world, local civil rights leaders, community leaders, and social workers launch the Center Against Racism & Trauma (CART) in the Inland Empire. The mission of CART is to eliminate racism in all of its forms and provide healing for all suffering from its trauma.
“This is not a research or documentation center, this is an action center,” said Corey Jackson, Co-Director of CART and civil rights leader.
CART is designed to actively fight against racism by offering counter-narratives to the racist propaganda of the day and training a new generation of youth in anti-racism ideology and strategies. CART is also dedicated to initiating conversations of racism, oppression, and marginalization while providing opportunities for affected people to heal from the ravages of historical and intergenerational trauma that racism causes.
To launch its official work, CART is organizing an Anti-Racism Walk in honor of Emmett Till on Saturday, August 29th at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside. The walk will start at 10:00 AM.
“We are choosing this location because of a photo that circulated last school year on social media, showing students at Riverside Unified’s Martin Luther King High School posing with a swastika and Confederate flag. The community of Orange Crest and surrounding neighborhoods are ground zero of white supremacy in the city,” said Jennafer Larsen, Co-Director of CART.
The walk will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till. Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store.
Cause of death: Lynching
Resting place: Burr Oak Cemetery; Alsip, Illinois
Died: August 28, 1955 (aged 14); Money, Mississippi
Born: Emmett Louis Till; July 25, 1941; Chicago, IL
To access CART content, please go to: www.DestroyRacism.org