Organisations from Preston will host the Standing Together Against Racism (STAR) Community Day event to show their commitment to community cohesion and tackling racism.
The annual event will be held on Saturday 21 March on Preston Flag Market from 11am to 3pm.
It will mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This event is free to attend and is in its seventh year.
The event is organised by Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality & Diversity Council, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, University of Central Lancashire, UCLan’s Creative Communities Group and Sahara in Preston. The event is also supported by a wide range of community groups and individuals, who will come together to celebrate the city’s cultural life with live music and performances.
This year the event will also include part of the University of Central Lancashire’s Diversity and Inclusion Festival. This festival will feature Samba drummer bands performing a carnival style event with a parade on the Flag Market.
It will be opened by the Mayor of Preston, Councillor David Borrow, and will be hosted by Councillor Nweeda Khan, Preston City Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Social Justice. There will also be speeches during the event.
Mrs Veronica Afrin, Chair of Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council, said: “Preston City has enjoyed cultural and faith diversity for a long period of time due to the immense goodwill of the citizens of Preston. It is important that we all carrying on supporting each other and continuing to fight inequality and injustice in our society.”
Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “It is essential that our young people are encouraged to envisage a society that is unified and free from discrimination. That is why I am asking you to support this year’s Standing Together Against Racism (STAR) event. Tackling racism is about winning hearts and minds which must start with the young. If we don’t try to do this whole sections of the community are potentially made more vulnerable going into the future.”
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Cultural Service, said: “This event addresses a sensitive subject by promoting positive messages, rather than focusing on negative prejudice. It is so important to recognise and support this International Day.
“Bringing all communities together to promote fairness, justice and equality for all our residents is definitely to be celebrated. Preston is proud of its diverse society that is both harmonious and cohesive. We all need to continue to take an active role building on the achievements we have made. There is no room for complacency.”
For more information about the events, contact Faruk Desai at the Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council by calling 01772 906422 (Monday to Friday between 9am and 12noon only) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org