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Organizer creates 'Mentor Racial Justice Week' with several events planned to encourage conversation

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 11:07:43-04

MENTOR, Ohio — The Mentor community is coming together this week to hold open, honest conversations about race as a part of Mentor Racial Justice Week.

During the week, several events will be hosted to open up the conversation about race and where Mentor fits into that conversation.

The events range from a conversation with law enforcement to a silent march and even a book club.

Brandon Towns, the organizer of Mentor Racial Justice Week, said he wanted to make sure the conversation reached as many people as possible.

"What I wanted to do was have different events throughout the week that we can engage with different stakeholders, different community members around really pushing the needle for racial justice,” Towns said.

The events for the week are as follows:

Monday, July 6
Chopping it up with a Cop- Barrier breaking conversation between police officers and community members.
Mentor Ice Area- 8600 Munson Rd.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8
Join the Conversation-A safe space where we can discuss race, racism, privilege and what it means to promote racial justice is our community.
Mentor Beach Park- 7779 Lake Shore Blvd.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 9
Book Club- Join us for a Book Club dialogue on Blindspot: Hidden Biases in Good People.
Old Council Hall- 7250 Jackson St.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 10
Unarmed-Stay Alive Silent March- Bring your posters and signs as we march in silent solidarity from Veteran's Park to Civic Center Amphitheater.
Veterans Park- 5730 Hopkins Rd.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 11
Reflect and Commit - Today we reflect on the events of the week and commit to joining the fight for racial justice. Using your inner artistic and reflective voice, share with us at least one thing you will do to work for racial justice. Feel free to write, draw, speak, sing, shout, or cry. There are no right or wrong ways to reflection and art.

For more information on Mentor Racial Justice Week, click here.