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ADL to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at Dallas’ Inaugural Walk Against Hate at Victory Plaza

First of its kind community gathering will feature Diversity Expo and main stage entertainment to celebrate the values of respect and understanding across DFW

On Sunday, September 15, the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) will host its inaugural Walk Against Hate at Victory Plaza, bringing together the entire DFW community to promote diversity and celebrate the values of respect and inclusion. The event is a two-mile walk that will feature main stage entertainment, a Corporate Village for sponsor marketing opportunities, and a Diversity Expo featuring local non-profit organizations sharing the work they do to serve the community.

“The Walk Against Hate is an opportunity for the Dallas community to take a step in the right direction, to show unification and embrace diversity,” said ADL Texoma Regional Director Cheryl Drazin. “You can become involved by joining teams, by walking, or by volunteering. We welcome everyone to be with us at Victory Plaza on September 15th.”

Net proceeds from the event will enhance and expand ADL’s efforts to fight hate for good through anti-hate and anti-bullying programs in schools, civil rights advocacy work, extremism training for law enforcement, and incident response and community support for the region. 

In conjunction with the Walk Against Hate, the Dallas Morning News is co-sponsoring an essay contest for high school students, grades 9-12. In 500 words or less, writers will be asked to respond to the prompt: “What I can do to take a step in the right direction to fight hate.” There is a $1,000 prize for the winner as well as the possibility of being published in the newspaper. All entries must be submitted electronically by Sept. 1, 2019 to texoma@adl.org with the subject line “ADL Walk Against Hate Essay Contest.”

“We invite the community to join us at Victory Plaza, form teams, and bring friends to walk side by side and show our city that bias, bigotry and hate have no place here.” said Wendy Stanley, event co-chair.  Susie Carp, event co-chair, recognizes the need to foster a broader community dialogue about prejudice and injustice, ” We look forward to walking with participants who represent the diversity that makes Dallas great.  The Walk is a fun and inspiring opportunity to build a more welcoming and respectful world.” 

WHEN: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Registration and Check-In:  8:00AM

Main Stage Entertainment & Diversity Expo:  8:00AM–11:00AM

Opening Ceremony:  9:00AM

Walk Against Hate:  9:30AM

Event Concludes:  11:00AM

WHERE: Victory Plaza, 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219. Parking is available in the AAC Silver Garage located at 2503 Victory Avenue, Dallas TX 75219. 

NOTE: Victory Plaza is served by the DART Rail Green and Orange lines to Victory Station.

FOR PARTICIPANTS:
To register for the walk as either an individual or as a team, visit our registration page. Participants will be provided a free t-shirt. Please bring water and wear sunscreen to the event. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kerri Aikin Rosenberg at kaikin@adl.org.

About the ADL
ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion.  A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. More at www.adl.org.

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