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Wake Up, Wellesley—Part 1 of 4

Date: June 16, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: YouTube

Wake Up Wellesley #1

Young Ethnic Scholars invites everyone to “Wake Up, Wellesley” a series of four biweekly, online conference-style discussions on racism in Wellesley, intended to illuminate the injustices and microaggressions that permeate various dimensions of our children’s and our neighbors’ everyday lives. We hope to bring the national dialogue to our home and incite a collaborative effort among our community members in developing an action plan for eradicating racism in our town.

As the pandemic subsides and we are able to safely convene in person, this discourse will continue as a bi-weekly or monthly meeting. “Wake Up, Wellesley” is intended to serve as only the beginning of an ongoing commitment to acknowledging our privilege, lifting up our black neighbors, and actively promoting equality. Wellesley will refuse to let this movement lose steam. Wellesley will not allow these voices – growing increasingly hoarse with every hour – to go unheard. Wellesley will set an example for the rest of Massachusetts, for the rest of our nation, on what it means to listen, learn, and change.

We are holding our first panel-style discussion on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 PM. It will be a Zoom meeting broadcasted live to YouTube on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUrpmU5aNJdN64NTP9wo4rA?view_as=subscriber. This first meeting will provide Black members of our community with the opportunity to share their stories and illuminate the racism in our own schools, stores, and community spaces. All are welcome – residents of Wellesley and beyond – to listen to Wellesley’s own students’. Here is a list of speakers (names you will recognize as having left indelible imprints on our school community!) who have generously agreed to give their time and share powerful anecdotes of their experiences as black members of this community: Kayla Reid, Bongani Msikavanhu, Keleyia Rochelle, Yasmine Jaffier, Zoe Gomez, Sierra Sinclair. Hope to (virtually, from a safe social distance) see you there!!

This is a partner event offered to the Wellesley community by Young Ethnic Scholars, students of color and allies of Wellesley High School taking action against racism in our community.

Race Amity Day Celebration (One-Time Livestream Event)

Date: June 14, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Live Stream

Race Amity Day 2020

The National Center For Race Amity is hosting a one-time livestream event featuring today’s top personalities sharing their story behind our seal, E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one).

Hear their words and learn the solutions that bring people together instead of apart during these trying times.

Hear stories that uplift, entertain and inspire!

Black Lives Matter Virtual Vigil—June 2020

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 12:30pm

Location: Facebook


Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights.

While our church campus is closed due to COVID-19, the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Task Force is sponsoring a “virtual vigil” so that we can continue to take a public stand, as we have since October 2017, to affirm that Black Lives Matter. 

Please visit the UU Wellesley Hills Facebook page at 12:30 on Sunday, June 7 and share our post on your timeline. While we will miss gathering in front of 309 Washington Street, we can have an even greater impact with the help of social media.  Please join us!

Join us for a vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

If you have any questions, contact info@uuwellesley.org.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Interfaith & Multi-Congregational Witness

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 4:00–5:00 pm

Location: Front Lawn of Wellesley Village Church (corner of Routes 135 & 16)

Interfaith Witness June 7

United in the conviction that Black Lives Matter, that police brutality and racial injustice must end, and that we are called to pray and work for justice and joy for all people.

You are invited to gather safely* in solidarity on the church lawn, sidewalks, church steps and driveway for music, reflection and prayer.

We’ll ring the steeple bells and throw open the sanctuary windows to hear the organ. A focused time of reflection and music will be led from the main steps at 4:15pm.

*Masks are required and physical distance between family groups is expected. Please only come if you feel safe; we will live-stream from Facebook for all those who wish to participate from home.

In partnership with Wellesley Village Church, Congregational Church of Weston, Charles St. AME, clergy, St. Andrews Church, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Temple Beth Elohim, Dover UCC, Wellesley UU, St. John/St. Paul Roman Catholic Community, Wellesley Police Department, and Pilgrim Church in Sherborn.

Wellesley Peaceful Protest to End White Supremacy + Police Violence

Date: June 5, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 467 Washington St, Wellesley

End White Supremacy

Please join us for a peaceful protest in Wellesley Center with the goals of speaking out and taking a stand against white supremacy in Wellesley and other predominantly white suburbs, and demonstrating solidarity in the fight for justice in response to police murdering George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and far far too many innocent Black Americans in this country.

The plan is to form a line on the sidewalk on Washington Street starting outside 467 Washington St and bring signs expressing our condemnation of white supremacy, police brutality, and racism in America. This is a small step toward progress and but it is important to demonstrate that in this town especially, which is steeped in such profound white privilege, and which we want to improve, we refuse to stay silent in the fight against racism. This protest will be PEACEFUL, and all participants will stand six feet apart with required face masks. This town can do better. Thank you for your attention.

People of all towns are welcome of course.

  • Face masks required. Gloves encouraged.
  • Please maintain six feet between you and the next person in line
  • Violence of any kind including hate speech, slurs, or derogatory language will not be tolerated
  • No driveways or intersections will be blocked
  • Feel free to stand in silence or with a sign. No marching in groups
  • Safety and preventing the spread of the virus is our top priority. Do not touch or engage physically with anyone. Maintain six feet distance.
  • No All Lives Matter signs. If you don’t get it use the world wide web.

Please fill out your name and email here so we can stay in touch: https://forms.gle/5VtDqLdcjsUkiC3X6

Organized by Leah Fessler. A note from Leah: I grew up in Wellesley, went to Upham, WMH, WHS Class of 2011, and graduated with high honors. I attended Middlebury College (2015), and went on to pursue a career in journalism.

Black Lives Matter Protest

Date: May 31, 2020

Time: 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Location: Reidy Field, Wellesley



The past few months have been so incredibly difficult as we navigate this pandemic and all the injustice and inequity we see, in our community and all over America. This pain and fear has been exacerbated in witnessing the death of George Floyd by the unlawful violence of Minneapolis police officers. It is important for us to feel all that we feel, be there for each other and encourage action for change. We hope to provide a healing and reflective space to stand together in silence and reflect on the lives lost to racism, injustice and inequity, in this country. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Trayvon Martin and more lives taken.Everyone is welcome to be in community together (6 feet apart and with mandatory masks) on the sidewalk on RT16 along side Reidy Field and the new Softball Field. Please park in the tennis courts or on the street, past the fields (we don’t want to block where we will be standing). Please bring your sign to show support, love, respect and peace.We will honor the lives of the too many Black men, women and children who have been killed by police violence in America and we will stand together and demand justice and to ending police violence and murder. We will share actions we can take as a community to end racism in our community and in America.


21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Start date: March 30, 2020

End date: April 19, 2020

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Dr. Charmie Curry, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Wellesley Public Schools, invites everyone to join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: You (along with thousands of other people from across the US) will commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days (just a few minutes a day of reading, watching and listening.) At the very least, the Challenge will raise your awareness. But for many participants it goes beyond that and changes they way they see and interact with the world.

International Women’s Day Wellesley 2020

Date: March 8, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Village Church


Wellesley Women’s Initiatives in partnership with the World Of Wellesley invites the community to join them in celebrating International Women’s Day 2020. There will be music, dance, art activities and speakers to inspire girls and women of all ages. This year’s theme is to celebrate women and support equity, inclusive of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, socio-economic or political, and acknowledge that all women must gain full and equal participation in global development. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Rama K. Ramaswamy, Darlene J Howland or Melinda Arias-Voci at wellesleywomensinitiatives20@gmail.com.

No Place Like Home: Attainable, Affordable, Sustainable Housing—In Our Town?

Date: January 30, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library


Many young families, seniors, and people of middle, moderate, or fixed incomes are unable to move to — or stay in — our town. What does this mean for Wellesley’s future? Our expert panelists will provide an overview of the challenges and benefits of creating diverse housing. Bring your questions and comments and join us to discuss how we can develop a
broader range of housing choices for the long-term health of our community. Panelists include:

  • Eric Shupin, Director of Public Policy, Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)—Describing the state of housing in MA.
  • Amy Dain, Consultant, Dain Research—Reporting on two years of research into the regulations, plans and permits in the 100 cities and towns surrounding Boston.
  • Shelly Goehring, Senior Program Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership—Sharing the benefits and challenges for our community.
  • Rebecca Winterich-Knox, Net Zero Organizer, Massachusetts Climate Action Network—Focusing on sustainable considerations and impact on climate.

Presented by League of Women Voters of Wellesley and Wellesley Free Library. This event is free and open to the public.

RACE: The Power of an Illusion – Part 3: The House We Live In

Date: January 30, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center


Community viewing and conversation of the three-part PBS documentary “RACE – The Power of Illusion.” Check out the preview or read more about the series. Join us for one, two or all three parts: January 16, 23, and 30. Offered in partnership with the Wellesley Community Center.

Part 3: The House We Live In
This final episode focuses not only on individual behaviors and attitudes, but also on how our institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances. Who is white? In the early 20th century, the answer was not always clear. Often, the courts had to decide, and they resorted to contradictory logic to maintain the color line. After World War II, whiteness increasingly meant owning a home in the suburbs, aided by discriminatory federal policies that helped whites and hindered nonwhites. European “ethnics,” once considered not quite white, blended together as they reaped the advantages of whiteness—including increased equity as property values rose dramatically—while African Americans and other nonwhites were locked out. Forty years after the Civil Rights Movement, the playing field is still not level, and “colorblind” policies only perpetuate these inequities.