The historic Southern Burlington County NAACP and the South Jersey N.O.W. - Alice Paul Chapter, in conjunction with the Mt. Laurel Library will host its third annual community forum to discuss issues of race in America, entitled, “A Conversation on Race in America – Across Cultural Lines”, on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Mt. Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Ave. Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.
The past two forums have drawn a diverse crowd and the discussion has been lively. This year’s focus is on addressing the issue of racism from different cultural perspectives. The panel consists of The Honorable Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, Assemblywoman – LD#8 and the first Latino female elected to the New Jersey General Assembly; Matthew Pillischer, Esq., Producer and Director of the award winning film, “Broken on All Sides”, which addresses racial inequities within our criminal justice system; Nancy Whatley Griffin, Esq., civil rights and family law attorney; Janice LaFlam, actress and model; Barry Lefkowitz, educator, community liaison and lobbyist; and Jose Ramos, Executive Director of the Spanish American Social-Cultural Association of New Jersey. The moderator is Professor Stacy Hawkins, Esq., Professor of Constitutional, Employment and Diversity Law at Rutgers University School of Law - Camden.
The purpose of the community forum is to provide a platform for discussions on race in America to occur in a setting where understanding, patience, and sensitivity replace bias, anger and indifference. The sponsors of this forum understand until meaningful dialogue about our differences can occur; our nation will never realize its true strength. Additionally, until we can discuss any issue and seek to understand the perspective of ones who are negatively affected, rather than just our own, we will never resolve the latent issue of racism, which has plagued our nation for years.
100 Walt Whitman Ave
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
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