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Wayne Action for Racial Equality

Past Events

This website recalls events dating back to February 2021. If you have questions about earlier events, please contact us.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Worker Justice Center Lawsuit Virtual Teach-in:

The teach-in will feature the knowledge and experience of facilitators and speakers with expertise in labor, farmworker law, and worker justice.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Lyons CSD DEI Real D.E.A.L. Speakers Series

Wade Norwood will be speaking at Lyons CSD as part of The Real D.E.A.L. Guest Speaker Series.

Monday, January 15, 2024

2024 Wayne County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, starting with a march from Sodus JSHS, followed by a program at the Sodus Third UM Church and a community dinner at 3:15

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Lyons CSD DEI Real D.E.A.L. Speakers Series

Join us as we welcome Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, Learning panel speakers, Hugo Acosta and Alejandra Molina.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Free Movie Screening: The Right to Read

Ohmann Theater, 65 William Street in Lyons, NY. There will also be an afternoon showing at 1:00 PM. Please see flier below for details.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

RMM Annual Harvesting Justice Fundraising Lunch and Walk

Please see event details on the flier below.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Understanding and Combating Racism: My Path from Oblivious American to Evolving Activist

Bill Wynne is a Rochester area author and white anti-racist activist. He will discuss his memoir in which he explores insights and connections he has developed through his work.

Monday, June 19, 2023

General Gordon Granger Homestead Historic Marker Dedication

A Juneteenth Event

Monday, June 19, 2023

Wayne County Unity Fair

A Juneteenth Event

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Village of Sodus Juneteenth Celebration

Monday, February 6, 2023

W.A.R.E. Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting via Zoom:

Monday, January 16, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

This annual event sponsored by W.A.R.E. will include a morning youth leadership forum, a commemorative march, and an afternoon main program.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The Voices of Wayne County book release dedication program

The Bicentennial Committee truly looks forward to celebrating a terrific new historic chapter in Wayne County history! The dedication will take place at Ohmann Theater in Lyons.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Austin Steward Historical Marker Dedication

Dedication in honor of Black author, entrepreneur, abolitionist, businessman and former slave, Austen Steward, who worked as an enslaved worker on the Huron side of Sodus Bay.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Candidate Forum for State and Federal Offices Serving Wayne County

Coordinated by WARE, Republican and Democratic candidates will engage in non-aggressive discussion of their goals and ideas to improve the lives of Wayne County residents.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Butler Mural Dedication: Samuel Ward and Antoinette Brown

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

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Juneteenth Proclamation Celebration

This event is presented by the Newark Public Library in conjunction with Black History Month in a Year, a collaborative partners project in Wayne County, New York.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Town of Sodus Historical Society Juneteenth Presentation (

This program is part of a new initiative in Wayne County to publicize local Black History Project that WARE is participating in: Black History Month in a Year.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

FLCSFA Annual Outreach Worker Conference 2022

The Finger Lakes Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agencies (FLCFSA) invites all who provide services to the agricultural community to our Annual Outreach Worker Conference.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

First Ever Wayne County Unity Festival (Perkins Park in Newark)

Those of us who live and work in Wayne County are diverse, but we can stand together despite our differences. Promote our togetherness tomorrow at the Wayne County Unity Festival.

Monday, January 17, 2022

2022 Wayne County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

2022 MLK Celebration is now virtual. Please check the event information for changes and links.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Newark Public Library: "Exploring James Baldwin"

The Newark Pubic Library will host an in-person four session book discussion event, focusing on four of James Baldwin's works from the WARE collection and the OWWL Library System.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Monthly W.A.R.E. Meeting

Please join W.A.R.E members for discussion, planning, and action steps to address circumstances that impact marginalized groups within our communities and nationally.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Newark Public Library's Alliance Book Club Book Discussion based on the book, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora.

Co-hosted by WARE.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Looking Toward the Future: A Wayne County Conversation

Chat with Wayne County neighbors about a post-pandemic future. Hosted by Citizen's Response Network of Wayne County.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Wayne County Police Reform Collaborative: Committee Opportunities

W.A.R.E will be holding a Zoom meeting to share information with those interested in joining any of four committees in efforts to continue to improve police-community relations.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Talk: I’m Buildin’ Me a Home: The Maxwell Settlement and African Americans of Wayne County

Join former Wayne County Historian, Marjory Allen Perez, for a look into this important history about the making of an African American community in Wayne County, NY.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Cultural Humility Workshop

Workshop presented by WARE president Earl Greene and Racial and Social Justice, Family Engagement & Equity at the URMC. Co-hosted by the Newark Public Library.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Talk: What is Systemic Racism and How Has It Developed in Our Country?

Dr. Wood will discuss his recent work with Wayne County teachers to implement anti-racist instruction in their schools. Co-hosted by the Newark Public Library

Monday, March 1, 2021

March WARE meeting

March monthly meeting of WARE by Zoom link.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Newark Public Library's Alliance Book Club book discussion: "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents"

Please join us for a community conversation about Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

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