Human Rights

Back to listMar 30, 2008

SGI-Canada Joins Event Calling for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

From left to right: Dr. Herbert H. Carnegie, Constable Don Yirenkyi and SGI-Canada representative John Hunter

On March 30, 2008, 130 SGI-Canada members from the Ontario region participated in an event organized by York Regional Police in partnership with various local cultural and religious groups to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Around 400 people joined the event at Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham, which included a showing of the "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" exhibition created by Dr. Lawrence Carter of Morehouse College, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This was the fifth year such an event has been organized, but the first time SGI-Canada has been involved.

Dr. Herbert H. Carnegie, recipient of the Order of Canada and honorary chief of York Regional Police, spoke at the event. He said that racial discrimination has no place in Canadian society and that each of those present must do their best to speak out against it.

SGI-Canada's Niagara Chorus and Chinese Chorus performed "I Have a Dream" and "Come Back to Sorrento," respectively. At the end of the event, the main organizer, Constable Don Yirenkyi, expressed his wish to continue the partnership with SGI-Canada.

[Adapted from Issue 31 of SGI Canada News dated April 2008, SGI-Canada; photo courtesy of SGI-Canada]