Anti-racism Work as Spiritual Practice 

 Donovan Hayden with worship associate David Tietz –

Summer 2020 has been described as a moment of racial reckoning. Black people, along with allies, took to the streets to protest police brutality and anti-Black racism. However, with those months of intense activism behind us, those committed to social justice must ask “What do we do now?”

It is easy to lose energy and purpose in the struggle against white supremacy. As Unitarians committed to this struggle it is important that we continue to engage and support anti-racism work through spiritual practice.

Donovan Hayden is a Black activist and artist. He is currently a MA student in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University in Toronto. He spent the last year in Pittsburgh, PA, where he participated in the Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of George Floyd.

Through his experiences, Donovan has had the opportunity to engage with Unitarians and anti-racism work on both sides of the border. He remains committed to using theatre and activism to achieve black liberation and dismantle white supremacy.  

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