On Friday, people from more than 30 local organizations will join hands along Calhoun Street to take a stand against racism.

Stand Together, Acclaim A New Day was to kick off Wednesday with a dinner at Mosaic Cafe in Mount Pleasant and continue with a panel discussion, rally and workshop at the YWCA on Coming Street.

STAND is a national movement started in 2007 that has been in Charleston for four years.

Last year, about 125 people participated.

YWCA Executive Director Kathleen Rodgers said STAND and putting a stop to racism are more than just a black-and-white issue.

“We use the term racism so many times, people think it’s about black and white, but it’s about human rights for all groups,” Rodgers said.

Today’s event will start with “The Power of 1NE,” a monodrama by Charleston actor Donna Lee Williams on the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

Following the performance will be a panel discussion on women’s rights moderated by Victoria Middleton of the S.C. American Civil Liberties Union with panelists Susan Dunn of the ACLU, Lisa Surratt of the A21 Campaign and Nilsy Rapalo, a psychologist and El Informador columnist.

Friday’s rally is a free event that includes speeches, music, food, a poetry slam, drummers and dance. A human chain will be made along Calhoun Street between St. Philip and Coming streets as a symbol of unity.

Lastly, the YWCA will host “Woman to Woman: Living Longer, Living Smarter,” a workshop series on long-term-care planning for baby boomers co-sponsored by the Center for Women and the National Council of Negro Women-Bethune Leonard Section.

“It’s about accepting diversity and accepting culture,” Rodgers said of the event. “We’re becoming more and more culturally mixed, and we need to embrace that wealth of culture.”

Reach Jade McDuffie at 937-5560.