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Race and Living in 2021, A Panel Discussion
February 5 @ 7:00 pm
When protests erupted after the death of George Floyd last May in Minneapolis, a national conversation started regarding the relationship between police departments and the neighborhoods they serve. Many of these protests were based around feelings that bias and racism were rampant within police departments and the criminal justice system including the court system, education, employment and the retail sector of our society. Although a predominately white community, the City of Springboro felt it was important to encourage residents to have conversations with neighbors, friends and strangers to try to understand issues of bias, prejudice and race at a personal level. Consistent with that goal, the City has actively sought ways to encourage community-wide conversations among our residents. On February 5, 2021 the City of Springboro, Division of Police, will facilitate a panel discussion about race and living in the year 2021 beginning at 7 p.m. at Southwest Church, 150 Remick Blvd. Participants include Jerry Ferris, a 40-year resident and at one time, one of the only African Americans to live in Springboro currently the president of the Warren County Veterans Commission; Ronald D. (R.D.) Caldwell, Mr. Natural Universe, who has reached the pinnacle of his sport of body building and works extensively with youth and adults within our correctional system; Terry Hardin, Chaplain for the West Carrollton Police Department, and Rev. Alan Foster, born and raised in rural Georgia and now runs Grace Ministries, a holistic ministry of feeding and clothing people in the West Dayton area.
The discussion will be facilitated by Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff, a 48-year veteran of law enforcement in both Michigan and Ohio, and a former instructor of Racial Diversity and Interpersonal Communications at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. Seating is limited and facial coverings are required. The event will be available to watch live via the City’s website, ci.springboro.oh.us, and on the City’s Facebook page. In addition, the program will be taped for viewing at a later date. For more information call 937-748-0611.