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Courageous Conversations about Race at the Library

Community discussions called Courageous Conversations about Race will explore four themes as they intersect with the topic of race. Each discussion will be at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth Street. The public is invited to attend and participate in these facilitated discussions.

The conversations will be centered on four topics that serve as community cornerstones. Each discussion will include community leaders related to each topic:

Education: Thursday, February 4
Conversation Leaders: Georgetown ISD Trustee Fred Barhydt, GISD parents Amanda Day and Rick Vasquez, and Georgetown Partners in Education Executive Director Amy Brown

Healthcare: Thursday, February 11
Conversation Leaders: Scott Alarcon of Georgetown Health Foundation, Hugh Brown of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, Rhonda Mundhenk of Lone Star Circle of Care, and Mary Faith Sterk of Georgetown Behavioral Health Hospital

Public Safety: Friday, February 19
Conversation Leaders: Travis County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Lamar Claypool, Georgetown Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Gilliam, Williamson County Juvenile Services Executive Director Scott Matthews, and Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero

Economic Development: Thursday, February 25
Conversation Leaders: Georgetown developer Bob Brent, Georgetown businessman Richard Glasco, Georgetown City Manager David Morgan, and Georgetown Chamber of Commerce CEO Karen Sheldon

Note that the topics that correspond to each date have been re-arranged from a list that was publicized in the February issue of the Reporter newsletter that is mailing out in customer utility bills in January.

These Courageous Conversations about Race are part of a number of events happening in Georgetown in February to mark Black History Month. Other events include discussions of the book Just Mercy at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Georgetown Public Library, a screening of the film Selma on February 26 at the Public Library, and a Black History Month Banquet sponsored by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association on February 12 at the McKinney Christian Ministry Center at First United Methodist Church.

Partner organizations co-sponsoring these events include the City of Georgetown, Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association, Georgetown Fellowship of Churches, Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown Independent School District, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, Getsemani Community Center Board, Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown Public Library, and Southwestern University.

Go to georgetown.org for details about these events.

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