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Church, College Sponsor Mount Vernon Discussion On Racism

Manhattanville College is co-sponsoring a community discussion in Mount Vernon on the issue of racism.
Manhattanville College is co-sponsoring a community discussion in Mount Vernon on the issue of racism. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Local leaders will convene on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m.. for an interactive presentation and discussion on the topic of racism.

The free event, entitled “Racism in the 21st Century: How Does It Look and Where Do We Go from Here?,” is being held at the Unity Baptist Tabernacle Church, 101 South Second Ave. in Mount Vernon.

The church is co-sponsoring the forum with the African studies program of Manhattanville College in Purchase.

“In the 21st century racism is a real disease that continues to affect us all,” said James E. Jones, associate professor of World Religions and of African Studies at Manhattanville, adding that it is "very important for people who are concerned about humanity to come together to discuss its impact now."

The community-based discussion will feature Jones and other experts, including Sherryl Brown Graves, professor of psychological foundations and acting senior associate dean at Hunter College, as well as the Rev. Edward Mulraine, pastor of Unity Church.

Tashae Smith, a junior honor student at Manhattanville, will serve as the moderator.

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