EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing and East Lansing Human Relations Commission are hosting a facilitated panel and community conversation about race on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road. All interested community members are invited to attend.
The program, titled “Face to Face: A Conversation About Race,” will feature an essay written to the East Lansing City Council by East Lansing High School student Alex Hosey. Mr. Hosey’s essay outlines many aspects of racial discrimination in the East Lansing community dating back to the 1960’s. The City Council read and listened to Mr. Hosey’s essay and presented him with a resolution, which includes an apology for past discriminatory action and policies in the East Lansing community. In addition, Council acknowledged the need for an annual discussion about race in the community.
Mr. Hosey will read his essay during the April 25 program. Additionally, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows will make remarks and several panelists will be in attendance to share their experiences and stories of racism in the East Lansing community and beyond. The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews – the Assistant Dean of Equity Outreach Initiatives for the College of Education and Associate Professor of Race, Culture and Equity in the Department of Teacher Education at MSU.
“Our plan is to make this an annual community event, at which we raise awareness about our history and discuss how we, as a community, can continue to combat racial discrimination in both the present day and future,” said East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows. “We are a community that prides ourselves on our diversity and inclusivity, but that has not always been the case. We need to have these community discussions because there is always more work to be done.”