Coming Soon: Dallas’ First-Ever Walk Against Hate

The Anti-Defamation League is bringing one of its national events to North Texas next month.

The inaugural Walk Against Hate in Dallas is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Victory Plaza.

The walk will be two miles long and take place on the streets near American Airlines Center. The event will also have a Diversity Expo featuring local nonprofit organizations such as the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, the City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs, and the Inclusive Communities Project. The main stage will highlight local entertainment and honorees, while a “Corporate Village” will be available for marketing opportunities. 

“We invite the community to get involved and walk with us to take a stand against hate in all its forms, celebrate our differences, and share the belief that injustice for one group is injustice for all,” Kerri Aikin Rosenberg, ADL’s director of development, told Dallas Innovates.

Walk Against Hate began in 2010 and is currently hosted in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and San Diego. The Dallas stint marks the first time the event has metaphorically ‘walked’ into Texas. 

“After attending the 2018 Walk in Las Vegas, the ADL Texoma board and staff committed to bringing the Walk Against Hate to Dallas to provide an opportunity for the community to come together to promote diversity while celebrating the values of respect and inclusion,” Rosenberg says.

ADL expects 1,000 participants to attend the Dallas Walk Against Hate. So far, over $91,000 has been raised for the Dallas walk. Anyone interested can get involved as participants, team members, sponsors, or donors. 

“We want to bridge our communities and bring together participants of all ages, ethnicities, and religions from throughout the Metroplex,” Rosenberg says.

As its slogan “Fighting Hate for Good” suggests, the Anti-Defamation League is a global anti-hate organization, which offers anti-bias and anti-bullying education programs. The ADL began nationally in 1913, and started its Dallas branch in 1965.

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