International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Intersections Friends,

On March 21, 1960, South African police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa.

Since 1966, UNESCO has declared this day be remembered as an International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.The Collegiate Church has a rich history in solidarity with the struggle to end the policy of apartheid in South Africa.

That history is a healing balm to the wound many still feel in knowing that the Dutch Reformed Church helped erect the system of racial discrimination and supported its scaffolding.

As we continue on our Lenten journey of reflection, I invite reflection on and appreciation of all of our history as we continue in that work to eliminate discrimination of all kinds in this world.


Grace and peace,

Rev. Julie Johnson-Staples

Collegiate Senior Minister serving as Executive Director of Intersections  International