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YWCA hosts 25th annual Race Against Racism to celebrate Diversity Day

Rainy weather couldn't keep Knoxville from celebrating East Tennessee diversity and fighting to end racism.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The YWCA's annual Race Against Racism kicked off Diversity Day this Saturday ahead of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Phyllis Wheatley Center Director Kathy Mack said this is the nonprofit's 25th race -- and it's another big anniversary.

"It makes 100 years since we've been serving in the East Knoxville community," Mack said before the race. "We really want people to come out and celebrate diversity with us."

On Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Phyllis Wheatley Center at 124 South Cruze Street in East Knoxville, people showed their support by running a 5K. People also participated in a 1-mile walk to the Alex Haley statue at Morningside Park. 

Many more just came out to be a part of the movement to end racism and celebrate local diversity. 

Proceeds raised from the event will support the YWCA in Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley and go toward offering essential programs, which provide students tools to overcome obstacles and succeed in school and beyond. 

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