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Forum on race relations planned at Troy-Dothan Saturday

Published: May. 20, 2016 at 10:09 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2016 at 1:58 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Members of the community are coming together to talk race relations this Saturday in Dothan.

Troy University's Dothan Campus is hosting the forum with help from the Dothan Community Relations Group.

Organizers plan to address pertinent and sensitive topics through a panel discussion with various city leaders and public figures.

They'll address issues that impact our community and others around the nation.

There will also be a question and answer period. The public will be able to address any questions they may have directly to the panel.

"We'll be discussing Dothan police, our children our school system - the amount of suspensions in school and outside of school, expulsions. We'll be discussing how we can better include all races in our community not just black and white, but also how we can more include Hispanics," said Precious Freeman, Dothan Community Relations president.

The panel includes Dothan Police Chief Steven Parrish, Dothan City Schools Superintendent, Chuck Ledbetter, Minister Raymond Ramsey, Attorney Kristy Kirkland and radio personality Marcus Kage.

"This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard so I strongly urge everyone to come out and exercise their right to be heard in a peaceful way where you can sit down and have a conversation and really create change for the next generation because it's really about our children that's the whole point," Freeman said.

This event will be held Saturday, at the Troy-Dothan, Everette Hall building, inside of Sony Hall from 1 to 4:15 p.m.

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