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Cultural Diversity Series planned for public dialogue 

Forum 35 will host a three part cultural diversity series to address community relations, socioeconomics, and charting a path forward in order to promote productive conversation on the issues facing our community.

All three forums are free and open to the public and will be held at Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. They will be formatted as moderated panels followed by breakout discussions, with panelists and moderator to be announced. The three part series will be held on:

·         Tuesday, August 23 – Community Relations

·         Tuesday, September 13 – Socioeconomic Landscape

·         Tuesday, October 11 – Charting a Path Forward

 The road to progress presents many difficult challenges. It is our strong belief that true change requires peaceful action. It requires each of us to show up, to talk to one another, and to listen to one another with empathy. The work of Forum 35—centering around our core pillars of arts & culture, diversity, and leadership—is crucial to creating the community that we all want to live in.

“Diversity is one of Forum 35’s core pillars. It is the mission of Forum’s Cultural Diversity Committee to create and facilitate dialogue, activities and events that promote diversity, inclusiveness, social awareness and advocacy,” said Terrence Merkerson, cultural diversity chair. “We believe that it is crucially important to host a series of this nature, not only to discuss the recent string of events that have plagued our community, but also to understand the underlying factors responsible for creating the climate in which these kinds of incidents can occur. If we have a better understanding of what created this environment, we will have a much better chance of reconciliation so that together, we can build a better Baton Rouge.”

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