Local communities across the United States have begun renewed conversations on race and equity in light of a wave of tragic events that have received national attention over the last year. For this reason, the City sought to create an engagement opportunity that could help bring to light the lived experiences of African Americans in Union City during Black History Month. Featured guests included Amirh Johnson, Mani Allen, Derrick Richardson, Daryle Johnson, and Reverend Jerome Brown, all of whom brought a unique perspective and background to the table.
From start to finish, the panelists delivered insights that were thought-provoking, powerful, and inspiring. The resounding echo among panelists to take the conversation past Black History Month left many in attendance thinking and saying “what’s next”?
As a starting point, we worked with the panelists to put together our top takeaways from the discussion, along with some thoughts about what the future could hold.
When we asked each panelist what their one wish would be, if any, for Union City, they responded inspirationally with:
We encourage residents, businesses and community partners to watch the full video on the City of Union City YouTube channel.
Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci also expressed the City’s commitment to engaging with the community more on the topic of race and equity and moving these conversations into action. Community outreach planning is already underway to determine how to improve community relations and build trust among our diverse population. The City acknowledges that while our diversity may be our most prized gift; racism and inequities still exist, and that the City must remain proactive in its effort to preserve diversity, prevent racism and create more opportunities for equity and inclusion.