Community Conversations: Understanding Racism and the Journey of the Race Equity Task Force

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The last of four Community Conversations on racial equity is set for Monday, June 27, from 6
to 8 p.m. This free special series, sponsored by The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association
and led by Shawn Newton, closes on a positive note. The discussions on equity and inclusion have been
informative, productive and inspiring.

“I personally think that human beings, even those with nearly every challenge against them, find ways to
persevere,” says Newton. “By being optimistic, even about a difficult topic like race equity, I allow
myself drive and energy.”

Newton says that the final meeting, at The House of the Seven Gables Visitor Center, 115 Derby St.,
Salem, will finish reviewing the task force’s findings, and then explore how individuals and groups can
contribute. It’s been a consistent group, Newton says. Many of the same people have attended the first
three discussions. The final discussion will, in some ways, be the most demanding. “We will look at ideas
for how each of us can help close the equity gap. After all, in the end it’s a community responsibility.”