Equality Now 5K returns for second year on April 13


The Northwest Arkansas NAACP will host its second annual Equality Now 5K at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Veterans Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

The event, which also includes a fun run and health fair, aims to raise awareness about health disparities and promote wellness for BIPOC individuals. It features vendors and information about healthy living, along with other resources for BIPOC people.

Entry fee is a suggested $25 donation.

The NWA NAACP is encouraging the community to come out and support the second-year event, which saw 75 participants at its inaugural race in 2023.

“We invite the Northwest Arkansas community to participate in this event to support scholarships and community initiatives that address equality and equity issues,” said Dr. Cody Davis, president of the NWA NAACP. “By participating, you can help us raise funds that will directly benefit our community. Let’s work together to promote healthy living, equality and make a positive impact in our community.”

Davis said the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light significant health inequities experienced by BIPOC individuals, from disproportionate hospitalizations due to the virus to wider health and well-being disparities. BIPOC community members, Davis said, face higher rates of chronic disease, pregnancy-related deaths, infant mortality, mental health issues, and other health concerns compared to their white counterparts.

To register for the 5K or for more information, visit nwanaacp.org/equalitynow5k.