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Dallas – The City of Dallas will present a four-part series called Conversations about Race, a dialogue and discussion about race. The first event on Sept. 21 will feature panelists from local media; subsequent events will focus on youth, local leadership and business leaders. The series is the prelude to the Dallas Faces Race: Face Race 2014 National Conference which will be held Nov. 13-15, 2014.
Conversations about Race Co-Chairs Mayor Michael S. Rawlings, Councilmember Dwaine R. Caraway and Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia are inviting the public to attend and take part in the discussions.
“Race is a difficult discussion to have but we will never get beyond our differences if we aren’t brave enough to reverse racial disparities and move our city towards full equity, inclusion and dignity for everyone,” said Mayor Rawlings.
“This is our moment to be honest, to be heroes and to heal so we can truly all work towards making Dallas a 21st century city,” said Councilmember Caraway.
“These events will present solution-focused dialogueson race; bringing together some of the best minds on this important subject,” said County Commissioner Garcia.
The first event in the series will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday Sept. 21 at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Panelists will include Bob Ray Sanders, Robert Wilonsky, Crystal Ayala, Gerald Britt, and Mollie Finch Belt. The discussion will be moderated by Skot Welch co-host of Radio in Black and White.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited and advanced registration is required. To register, go to www.conversationsaboutrace.eventbrite.com. Tickets not claimed ten minutes before the start of the event will be released on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee a seat; those wishing to attend should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event.