Race Unity Day was inaugurated in 1957 by the National Spiritual Assembly of
the Bahá'ís of the United States to promote racial harmony and understanding.
It is sponsored annually, on the second Sunday in June, by members of the
Bahá'í Faith throughout the nation.
Originally called Race Amity Day, the name was changed to Race Unity Day in
The purpose of this day is to focus attention on what Bahá'ís believe is the
most challenging moral issue facing this country - racial prejudice.
Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, made the oneness of
humanity under God, and thus the elimination of all forms of prejudice the
central point of His teachings. Expounding on this theme, the Universal
House of Justice, the international governing body of the Bahá'ís, in its
1985 address to the peoples of the world, "The Promise of World Peace",
cites racism as one of the major obstacles to achieving world peace:
"Racism, one of the most baneful and persistent evils, is a major barrier to
peace. Its practice perpetrates too outrageous a violation of the dignity of
human beings to be countenanced under any pretext. Racism retards the
unfoldment of the boundless potentialities of its victims, corrupts its
perpetrators, and blights human progress. Recognition of the oneness of
mankind, implemented by appropriate legal measures, must be universally
upheld if this problem is to be overcome."