LEWISTON – The Wade Center at the YWCA was transformed into a Native American celebration during the Race Unity Dinner that took place on Oct. 21.

Red Hawk Medicine Drum, a women’s drumming group, entertained the crowd with native drumming and dancing. “The crowd was inspired by the feeling of the drum beat and everyone enjoyed dancing to the native drumming performance,” said Lee Morgan, YWCA lead customer service representative.

The YWCA culminated the Week Without Violence activities by hosting a public dinner for the community as a way of bringing many of the diverse cultures to one gathering spot.

It was the 11th annual celebration of the Week Without Violence, a national effort by the YWCAs across the country to bring awareness to the issue of violence in communities.

The YWCA also donated free admission to Magic YWorld on Saturday as a way of highlighting activities that replace violence with sports.

“We had a great week,” commented Anne Craigs, executive director. “We not only had a wonderful crowd that walked across the Veteran’s Bridge as a symbolic gesture of unity between our two cities, we were able to celebrate our native roots through this community dinner.”

The YWCA partnered with other organizations to organize the week’s events, including the police departments, the mayors, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, the Abused Women’s Advocacy Project and Support Solutions.

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