racial justice


At the core of YWCA Greater Newburyport—and sister YWCAs across the U.S. and around the globe—are racial justice efforts that break down internal and external barriers to racial equality and challenge our communities to move toward equity in the workplace, housing, education and all aspects of life.

racial justice committee

Chaired by a high school member of the YWCA Board of Directors, this committee, made up of community members and YWCA Board members, spearheads the racial justice work of our YWCA.  The group plans public events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration as well as other educational and awareness activities throughout the year. Our efforts include collaborating with other community organizations to strengthen and expand our efforts. If you are interested in joining this committee email the YWCA staff person who assists the committee.

ywca annual martin luther king jr. celebration

The YWCA Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is planned and organized by the YWCA’s teen-led Racial Justice committee. Student leaders create innovative and engaging programs about the impact of racism that provoke thought and encourage action. Attendees of our events form a diverse group of ages, races, faiths, political parties, business communities, organizations and schools. The interaction between area high school students and adults is a hallmark of our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Event.

nancy peace action against prejudice award

The mission of the YWCA is peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. This vision can not be achieved until there is racial equality in our nation. This is a challenging yet critical conversation in communities such as ours with predominantly white populations. Each year, the YWCA awards the Nancy E. Peace Award to a community member who has accepted that challenge and who, through their professional or volunteer lives, has made valuable contributions towards eliminating racism, fighting prejudice, and celebrating diversity. The award is presented annually at the YWCA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Event in January.  Nominations are accepted from members of the community during the fall of the year. Complete the nomination form and return to the YWCA.

The Nancy E. Peace Action Against Prejudice Award was established in 1998 by the YWCA Greater Newburyport to recognize individuals who, through their professional or volunteer lives, have made valuable contributions towards eliminating racism, fighting prejudice, and celebrating diversity. We welcome nominations for any adult or youth who lives or works in one of the communities served by the YWCA Greater Newburyport: Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Amesbury, Merrimac, Salisbury, Georgetown, Rowley and Ipswich, MA; and Seabrook, Hampton, Hampton Falls and Kensington, NH.