In the last month, staff members of the McCarthy Center participated in the San Francisco Aloha Run, a unique opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to stand up for Black Lives by participating in an uplifting and healthy activity. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the 2020 run has been titled, “SF Aloha Run for Black Lives.”
This fall, the non-profit organizers of the Aloha Run, the Japanese Childrens Youth Council (JCYC), hopes to contribute to this global movement by engaging runners and walkers across the country in lifting up messages of equity and justice for Black Lives. For the health and safety of the SF Aloha Run participants, this year’s event was virtual.
Proceeds from the run were donated to Black Girls Code, our community partner, the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, to provide scholarships for low-income, first generation college students. Read on for reflections from our staff.
I love running for Black Lives and supporting incredible community based organizations like Booker T. Washington Community Services and JCYC. It’s an absolute honor to run in support of Black Lives and partner with community organizations that are doing the work of racial equity and justice.
After 10 years of running for track and field practice, there is very little that could convince me to ever run again, BUT running for Black Lives is not something I could pass up! I’m ecstatic to be able to get outside and support two community based organizations that support and empower Black youth. The kids at Booker T Washington bring so much light into my life and the lives of our tutors; It is a joy to be able to partner with them!