Local Baha'i group to sponsor Race Unity Day

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Some view racism as a "curable disease." If you're interested in learning how you can locally contribute to the cure, consider the Race Unity Day, set for Aug. 17 at St. Helens Park.

Deena Pierott, founder of iUrban Teen Tech, a program that educates minority children about career opportunities in science, technology and engineering, will speak on "What You Can Do to Promote Race Unity in Vancouver" at 1 p.m. There'll be food and music at 2 p.m.

Vancouver's Baha'i community is sponsoring the free public event at 4016 N.E. 13th St., just north of East Mill Plain Boulevard.

Race Unity Day is an annual national observance sponsored by members of the Baha'i faith and inaugurated in 1957 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States.

Racism "is the most challenging issue confronting America. An affront to human dignity, a cause of hatred and division, it is a disease that devastates society," the local Baha'i group said in a statement.To learn more about the event and the Vancouver Baha'i Center, visit http://www.vancouverwabahai.org or call 360-254-3086.