Methodist University Hosts Racism Awareness Event

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“Organizing Against Racism Groundwater Training,” a workshop designed to address the often subtle, yet harmful patterns of behavior that lead to disparity and disproportionality, is scheduled Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Matthews Ministry Center on the Methodist University campus. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.

The event, the first of its kind in Fayetteville, is open to the public. To register, contact Dr. Carla Fagan at cfagan@methodist.edu, at (910) 630-7699, or at (347) 452-8678. The $25 registration fee includes lunch and training materials.

Gregory Weeks, who served as a Superior Court Judge in Cumberland County for 24 years and now works with various boards and causes dedicated to addressing racial and ethnic disparities, said the workshop may spark difficult, but important conversations.

“The goal is to educate people so we don’t get caught up in that racial divide,” said Weeks, who is among those helping to bring the workshop to Fayetteville. “Let’s get out of our silos, our safe places, and understand that at our core, we are all human beings with the same goals and aspirations.”

The event is sponsored by Methodist University, the Fayetteville Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Cape Fear Eye Associates, Fayetteville PACT, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, National Organization for Women, the NAACP, and the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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