Racial unity event goes on despite rain - KOTA Territory News

Racial unity event goes on despite rain

Sunday's rain reduced attendance, but 20 Race Unity Day picnic-goers maintained the yearly gathering for the 27th year in Rapid City.
The Canyon Lake Park potluck event celebrates oneness and envelopes diverse cultures and beliefs.

Rapid City picnic participants Wilmer 'Scotty' Scott and Bob Haugen said simple things like picnics show how people coming together today can improve life for future generations.
"I like to be able to relate with people, well, from other cultures because there is only one race and that's the human race and we all belong to it," Scott said about his reasons for repeatedly attending such events.
"The driving force of prejudice is ignorance and by coming together and getting to talk to people and stuff, you get to know them and ignorance disappears," Haugen said of the group's formula for success.
The local picnic is part of a yearly international promotion that is held the second Sunday of June.
The Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly of the United States started Race Unity Day in 1957 to break the barriers of racial prejudice.
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