The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 5, 2011

Meeting today takes look at racism

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

CADDO MILLS — A public meeting to be held in Greenville this evening will take a look at the status of racism in the local community.

“The Realization of Racism”, is a two-hour seminar sponsored by the Corporation for Cultural Diversity for Greenville, Texas Inc. and the Anti-Racism Team of the United Methodist Church.

Tonight’s session is free and is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 5302 Business Highway 69 South in Greenville.

The meeting is designed to provide area residents a deeper understanding of the definition and exposure to the analysis of racism in the community.

The Board of Directors of the  Corporation for Cultural Diversity for Greenville, Texas Inc. include Bernice Reeves-Brown, Kim Hunt Bucher, Johnny Courns, Tracey Fields, Betty Franklin, Dan Perkins, Phillip Dukes and Lisa Hoskins.

Anyone needing additional information about the meeting or the Corporation can contact any board member or can call Perkins at 903-454-6688.

It is but the latest effort at attempting to address racism in Greenville.

Three years ago, the Corporation for Cultural Diversity donated to the city a sign which was erected at the intersection of Lee and Wright Streets, near the northern entrance to downtown.

Located directly beneath the “Welcome To Greenville” sign, the new sign reads “Welcome, we are building an inclusive community.”

Four years ago, the Greenville City Council voted to affirm the city’s commitment to inclusion, one of the steps required for Greenville to join the “Partnership for Working Toward Inclusive Communities”, an effort by the National League of Cities (NLC) to unite city leaders who support issues such as racial justice and inclusionary zoning, and who celebrate the diversity of race, religions and cultures.

The Anti-Racism Team, meanwhile, is comprised of laity and clergy from across the North Texas area, who seek to help elected and appointed leaders, as well as lay people and clergy, develop a deeper understanding of racism and how to claim an anti-racist identity.