ABOUT TOGETHER WE STAND
About Together We Stand NC
Together We Stand NC was founded as a small grassroots organization in June 2020. The impetus of the founding was the murder of young Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020, along with several other killings of people of color over the past ten years. The goal of TWS is to initiate and facilitate brave, authentic conversation between races and genders for better understanding and heightened awareness of their daily challenges.
Together We Stand NC uses wearables as our “conversation starters.” As of today, we have released seven conversation starter shirts. Each shirt features our TWS logo (a bull surrounded by the words Together We Stand) on the front and a socially relevant quote on the back. Our first shirt, released in June 2020, featured the MLK Jr. quote “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” on the back.
In February 2021, we began hosting and organizing virtual rallies across North Carolina. Each of the Together We Stand public rallies is geared to raise awareness and benefit a local socially conscious organization. On February 23rd, for our inaugural Maud 2.23 event, we partnered locally with Fleet Feet Durham, to host a virtual 2.23-mile walk/run in remembrance of Arbery. The event registered over 400 runners and the Maud 2.23 shirt was sent to 65 cities in 23 states in the country. Former Olympic athletes Meb Keflezghi and Aliphine Tuliamuk featured the Maud shirt on their social media pages on Feb. 23rd. The virtual event benefitted the Durham People’s Alliance and raised $4700 for the organization. The Maud 2.23 shirt, the third in the series, featured the Nelson Mandela quote, “As long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest” on the back.
Since February, 2021, Together We Stand has hosted a total of 4 rallies in North Carolina. The 2021 Unity 5K was hosted in five cities (Durham, Charlotte, Winston Salem, Carrboro, and Greensboro). Between the 5 breweries, we registered over 500 participants raising $7,540 for Neighborhood Hope, Black Child Development Institute, United Way of Forsyth County, and Girls on the Run of the Triangle.
The 2022 Maud 2.23 (the second annual event) was hosted in seven North Carolina cities (Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greensville, and Wilmington). The 2022 Maud 2.23 registered 1271 runners/walkers and raised $16,000 for 3 NC charities (Building Hope, Eastern NC Alzheimer’s Association, and Running Works), along with the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation of Georgia. In total, since Together We Stand NC has raised over $28,000 for charitable organizations in North Carolina.
Our goal is to build a network of engaged persons and businesses with the purpose of creating a sustainable conversation effort to build awareness of the challenges facing people of color and the LBGTQ community. Our view is the conversations must be authentic, engaging, and sustainable to achieve the goals of education and building greater awareness.
In August 2021, we launched a small group discussion series called Courageous Conversations. The goal of Courageous Conversations is to provide a safe opportunity for conversations about race, sexual orientation with the purpose to build better awareness. Courageous Conversations have been hosted in Durham, Greensboro, and Charlotte to date.
In July 2022, we will host our second annual Unity 5K in 4 North Carolina cities (Fayetteville, Charlotte, Durham, and Greensboro). Proceeds from each event will benefit a local charity in each community.
For more information about Together We Stand visit our website www.togetherwestandnc.com or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @togetherwestandnc
“The Ultimate Measure of a Man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of Challenge and Controversy>”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.