As you know, the Race Against Hate honors the legacy of Sherialyn’s husband, Ricky, who was murdered in 1999 by a white supremacist. In 2000, the Byrdsong family and friends held the first Race Against Hate, and in 2007, it was entrusted to YWCA Evanston/North Shore. It is our honor and privilege to make this event happen each year.
The horror of Ricky’s death never diminishes, but Sherialyn once referred to the race as a “silver lining in a dark cloud of hate.”
This silver lining is only possible because of all of you who walk, run, volunteer, and find other ways to participate. Because of your engagement, we are able to expand the breadth and depth of our racial justice and violence prevention programs, which are supported with proceeds from the race.
If you’ve never been part of the Race Against Hate, I urge you to join us this year. Your presence makes a powerful statement and keeps that silver lining shining brightly.