HCC hosts March 7 diversity awareness program

Heights Community Congress (HCC) will host a diversity awareness program on Friday, March 7, from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Lee Road Library. Advance registration is not required for this event, where participants will have the opportunity to experience the choices people made during the civil rights movement. Sometimes these choices meant the difference between life and death.

HCC will ask this question: You are living in the United States during the time when African Americans aren’t treated equally; will you join in the movement to bring civil rights to all Americans?

This is an interactive program, and those participating in the history adventure will deepen their understanding of life before the Civil Rights Act was passed. Participants may help desegregate bus lines as Freedom Riders, or join a lunch counter sit-in. 

The March 7 program continues a series that began in October 2013 with a screening of "The Last White Knight," and a conversation with the film’s director and producer, Paul Saltzman, about his experiences during the civil rights movement. It is presented as a direct response to feedback HCC received from youths in the community—their thoughts and ideas on issues of race and diversity. HCC’s goal during the 2013–14 program year is to understand the dynamics of our own and others’ past experiences, so we can respond positively to the present.

Mayethel White

Mayethel White is the president of the Heights Community Congress Board of Directors.

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