Harmony, Incorporated was founded in 1959, primarily due to the exclusion of women of color in Sweet Adelines International. Our founding members were committed to providing women of color a place to experience the joy of barbershop singing. They understood the need for, and benefits of, diversity and inclusion.
Sixty-one years after our founding, Harmony, Inc.’s Call to Action reaffirms our commitment to this mission. The words in this statement are powerful, but without action they mean nothing.
So, where do we begin? Let’s start by increasing our awareness and understanding of the core issues surrounding racism and unconscious bias. Next, I ask each member to ensure that our members of color feel fully valued as singers and leaders in our chapters and our organization. I ask each member to seek out, encourage, and welcome women of color into Harmony, Inc. As an organization, we must do our part to eliminate systemic racism in the United States and Canada.
The Equality & Diversity Committee is compiling a list of resources to increase our awareness and understanding of the root causes of systemic racism. I have included a short list of resources, with more to follow soon from the EDC.
I ask all members to seek awareness and understanding and, lastly, to take action to induce real, long-lasting change.
Together we are Harmony. Stronger.
Submitted by Donna McKay