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Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism

A program of InterFaith Works: 4th annual Racial Justice Award presentation:

Wednesday, April 1 at Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. the fourth annual Justice Awards will be presented to Geneva Hayden, Community Activist and Eva Williams, Counselor at Corcoran High School.

The Racial Justice award is presented annually to celebrate individuals living in Central New York who work vigorously for racial equity.

"Join us in honoring these two women, an evening of thought provoking-theater, a discussion about the power of hate and what citizens can do when the seeds of hate take root in a community," said Beth Broadway, Director of CWD.

Schedule:

6:30 p.m. - Dessert Reception with presentation of this year Racial Justice Award & Lifetime Award for Racial Justice.

7:30 p.m. - The Diary of Anne Frank

Following Performance - Panel and Audience Discussion Standing Against Hate

Moderator: George Kilpatrick - Director of Community Affairs, WCNY-TV

Panelists:

Dr. Joseph Downing - Associate professor, School of Music, Syracuse University.

One of the hate crimes in our community last year involved the murder of a transgendered individual. Dr. Downing will reflect on the effect a hate crime towards one member has towards all members of a community.

Deputy Chief Frank Fowler - Syracuse Police Department

Presentation on the current situation in our community of hate-related crimes and the role of the legal system in addressing them.

Imam Abdur-Rahim Muhammad - Board Member, CWD to End Racism

Discussion on the importance of interfaith allies in standing against hate and the role of dialogue in creating the kind of community where hate cannot flourish.

Ruth Federman Stein, PhD - Interiam Director, Academic Integrity Office, Syr. Univ.

Dr. Stein's parents escaped Nazi Germany in the late 1930''s. She will tell some of her family's stories of survival and courage, and talk about the importance of standing up to hate.

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