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Courageous Community Conversation Will Tackle all Areas of Discrimination

The Community is Invited to Participate in the Dialogue

Courageous Community Conversations includes a series of four listening sessions on areas of importance to the people of Raleigh.

The first Courageous Community Conversations listening session is set for Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The event will be streamed live on Zoom, and attendees may register by going to the Shaw University Center for Racial and Social Justice website.

Courageous Community Conversations represents a partnership between the City of Raleigh and the Shaw University Center for Racial and Social Justice (CRSJ). Over the next two months, the CRSJ will host a total of four sessions seeking citizen input. These sessions will include the following topics: discrimination, affordable housing, education, access to transportation, employment opportunities, policing, and mental health. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the four listening sessions with be virtual with citizens able to submit questions and thoughts.

This first listening session will focus on various areas of discrimination including race, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities. Event panelists include:

  • Vicki Smith, Alliance of Disability Advocates
  • Gerald Givens, Raleigh/Apex NAACP
  • Nancy Petty, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
  • Ana Blackburn, Poor People’s Campaign of NC and Latinx Liaison for NAACP

Dr. Erin Moore, Executive Director of the Center for Racial and Social Justice along with Dr. Johnny Hill, Dean of the Shaw University Divinity School will moderate.

“The City of Raleigh is thrilled to be partnering with Shaw University and its Center for Racial and Social Justice on this critically important endeavor,” said Raleigh Assistant City Manager Evan Raleigh. “I am hopeful that this series of Community Conversations will result in actionable steps that will help make Raleigh a community where all feel welcomed and are in a position to thrive.”



Evan Raleigh
Assistant City Manager