The Tuscarawas County Public Library System will host This is Us: A Virtual Panel Discussion on Race in Tuscarawas County. This event will take place on Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM on Zoom. Registration is required for this free event.
“Race relations and social justice is a national and global topic of interest,” said Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “Libraries are the perfect place to seek knowledge and engage in critical conversations about how people of color are affected in our society and how issues of social justice affect all of us.”
Ramsell said the panel discussion was planned by the Library’s Diversity Committee in hopes to increase understanding of the experiences of people of color by providing the opportunity to hear from a panel, from different walks of life, that consists of individuals of color who live in or grew up in Tuscarawas County.
According to the most recent data, Tuscarawas County is a community that is made up of less than 9% minority population.
“We hope it will serve as the beginning of conversations in our community that will bring about understanding that may lead to action to bring about positive change,” said Library Diversity Committee Co-Chair Virginia Wright.
Panelists include: Perci Garner, Account Executive for ComDoc, Inc.; Chynna Wright, Director for Volunteers of America, Liberty Landing; and Yuliza Velasquez as well as several others. Dr. Nicole Willey from Kent State Tuscarawas will serve as moderator.
Registration is required for the panel discussion. Participants may submit panel questions at the time of registration, as well as during the program. Those interested in attending this free virtual program can register online or by calling 330-364-4474 ext. 231. Those interested in exploring race relations and social justice further can visit the library’s website at tusclibrary.org/socialjustice.