Burlington County advocates ‘bridge the community’ with discussions on race

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SOUTH JERSEY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Two Burlington County community groups are hosting a socially distanced generational discussion on race.

The event, called Bridging the Community, will be the first time these groups are meeting face-to-face since connecting through social media. They’ll hold conversations on race, inclusion and diversity.

Moorestown Alumni for Racial Equity and Inclusion (MAREI), a collection of Moorestown High graduates, is one of the participating groups.

Harry Lewis, a 24-year-old MAREI member, said the event will be a “chance for people to get together in a socially distanced way to try to model conversations within their families, within their neighborhoods, throughout town about race and racism.”

Panelists will share their experiences and their perspectives, “and hopefully just help people get a sense of things they can do or tools they have at their disposal to have those kinds of conversations,” he added.

MAREI will be joined by a parent group, Moorestown Alliance for Diversity and Equity (MADE).

MADE member Colette McLean Lamidi hopes the cross-generational discussion and shared challenges will open more discussions and provide tips on how people can get involved.

“In doing this,” she said, “I'm hoping we will help our parents from our community to take on these courageous conversations with one another.”

The event starts at noon on Saturday at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown. You can also submit questions or watch the livestream on Facebook.