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Baha’i community hosts Race Unity Day picnic


The Baha’is of Las Cruces announced the community will hold a Sunday picnic, open to the public, in commemoration with International Race Unity Day on June 9.

Founded initially as “Race Amity Day” in 1957, the observance promotes racial harmony and the rejection of racism. Local Baha’i chapters across the United States present the day as a universal humanitarian holiday observed on the second Sunday of June. Baha’i Faith of Scottsdale (Ariz.) states on its website, “Bahá’ís see racism as a major barrier to peace, and teach that there must be universal recognition of the oneness of all humans to achieve peace.”

The second Sunday of June is still referred to as “Race Amity Day” by the National Center for Race Amity, which advocates for local observances and a permanent designation from Congress. Baha’i institutions began referring to the holiday as Race Unity Day in 1965.

The Las Cruces community plans to hold its picnic from 10 .m. to 1 p.m. on June 9 in Young Park, 850 S. Walnut Street. The event will include live music, food and games, according to a news release.

More information is available at 575-528-8912 or bahailascruces@gmail.com.

Baha’is of Las Cruces, Race Unity Day picnic