Hate is not a new or isolated issue. On July 2, 1999 Ricky Byrdsong, husband and father of three, was murdered by a white supremacist. As the former Men’s Basketball Coach at Northwestern University, his love for sports translated into his work of helping young people in the community reach their full potential.

The violence and racial injustice that comes with these hate crimes has become increasingly present in our community, country and the world. But it is how we move forward and reconcile with these tragedies’ that brings hope. Each June, on Father’s Day, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate unites people across Chicago. Participates walk and run together against racial hatred and violence.

This past Sunday, The Race Against Hate raised over $300,000. This funding will help in bringing violence prevention programs to Chicago Schools, as well as racial equality and justice programs to our communities.


Visit the Byrdsong’s website to learn more about this story of hope and check out the YWCA’s website to see how you can get involved.