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Wayne Action for Racial Equality


The Sodus and Williamson Underground Railroad Audio Visual Auto Tour Just Got Easier to Access

As part of The Black History Month in a Year Project, lawn signs can now guide your tour of Underground Railroad Stations and other related sites throughout Williamson, Sodus, and Sodus Point.

Wayne County Black Barbers

During the latter half of the 19th century, 64 Black barbers plied their trade in towns across Wayne County, many of them very active in social reform movements.

Black Civil War Veterans

Did you know that black men were not allowed to fight in the Civil War until after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863?

Austin Steward Black History

Austin Steward, a local 19th century anti-racist warrior, authored his memoir, Twenty Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman. Examples from the book are highlighted here.

Extraordinary Ordinary Lives: Part 2

Jim's article highlights the journey and struggles of the family of Betsy and Aaron Bristol, separated by slavery and courageously reunited following their freedom.

Extraordinary Ordinary Lives

Agnes (Aggie) Watkins is one of the extraordinary local Black women who resisted the evils of slavery by their fortitude, resilience and cunning.

W.A.R.E. Annual Report 2022

WARE president and vice president highlight the organization's work during 2022.

2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Please join W.A.R.E and Wayne County Communities this Monday, January 16, for an annual day of celebration!

In Remembrance of Gustavo Guavara

Embrey recalls, first hand, how Gustavo advocated for Wayne County's Mexican community, assuring recognition of their humanity and fulfillment of their social, cultural, and spiritual needs.

Four New Books Added to the Newark Library W.A.R.E. Collection

Please see the latest additions to Newark Public Library's W.A.R.E collection.

W.A.R.E. Annual Officer Nominations

Please read the attached cover letter and complete the nomination form as directed.

Postponement: The Voices of Wayne County book release dedication program

Please note the unfortunate need to postpone this event.

Austin Steward Historical Marker Dedication Presentation

WARE members, Earl Greene and Jim Wood, spoke at the dedication of the Austin Steward roadside historical marker. The following text represents the words spoken by Dr. Wood at the October 22 event.

Books Added to Newark Library W.A.R.E Collection

Five new books are available in the WARE Collection at Newark Library.

Butler Mural Dedication: Samuel Ward and Antoinette Brown

Commemorating historic contributions of Ward as the first African-American minister in Wayne County and Brown as the first woman ordained in the United States

2022 Timothy Barber Memorial Scholarship Awardees

Wayne Action for Racial Equality is pleased to announce the three area graduating high school seniors who have been awarded 2022 Timothy Barber Scholarships.

June 2022 Additions to the Newark Library W.A.R.E. Collection

Four new titles in Newark Library's W.A.R.E. Book Collection are available to library patrons.

Juneteenth Justice Celebration

Announcing a Juneteenth Celebration event co-sponsored by Grace!, Rural Migrant Ministry, and Wayne Action for Racial Equality.