DOTHAN - Local community, law enforcement and government leaders will participate in a Dialogue on Race Relations at Troy University's Dothan Campus on Saturday, Feb. 21.
The event will be held at 1 p.m. in the Sony Hall Auditorium inside Everett Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The event will explore issues of community race relations brought to the forefront of national debate by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, said Dr. Jeneve Brooks, Assistant Professor of Sociology and lead organizer for the event.
"We think it's really important to come together as a community to understand how we can cross racial lines and move forward," Dr. Brooks said. "This event will foster a respectful heart-to-heart dialogue and will seek to find specific action steps that we all can take to make our communities more integrated and happier."
The event will feature a diverse panel of community leaders, including Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz and representatives from law enforcement, who will share their perspective on ways to improve race relations in the community. In addition to Mayor Schmitz, panelist will include:
Audri Scott Williams, Author and Vision Keeper, Global Walk for Peace; Jim Smith , Public Safety Coordinator at TROY's Dothan Campus and Public Safety Director for the City of Cottonwood; Joseph Johnson , Pastor of Evergreen Presbyterian Church; Kenny Glasgow, Founder of The Ordinary People Society; and Mac Eggleston, Sergeant with the Dothan Police Department. Audience members will be given an opportunity for a Q&A session with the panelists and will also be invited to participate in discussion groups.