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Black History Month: Eracism to unite community groups

By NEWS HERALD STAFF REPORTER, For Panama City News Herald, On 22 February 2018, Read Original
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Several activities are planned locally during Black History Month.

The following activities are planned locally during Black History Month:

ERACISM: A joint effort to address racism and progress toward erasing it will be 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the commission chambers of the Bay County Government Center, 840 W. 11th St. in Panama City.

“Eracism is basically, as the name implies, an effort to erase racism,” said Hiba Rahim, Northwest Florida Regional Coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and event co-organizer. “We want to focus on local history and moving forward on a local level.”

The event will be co-sponsored by ACURE, the Bay County Democratic Black Caucus, CAIR-Florida, Democratic Women’s Club of Bay County, JUDOS, Kingdom Impact Center, the LEAD Coalition of Bay County, the League of Women Voters of Bay County and the NAACP.

“We wanted to do something for Black History Month that would bring these groups together,” Rahim said. “So instead of having each group plan its own event, we said, ’Let’s do something cool, with one call, one mission.”

The result is Eracism, during which area leaders and minorities will speak about their past experiences with racism and how to move the county forward. Motivational speaker Kevin Warren, CEO of the Tallahassee-based Life Group, also will speak.

“Local speakers who will share a dialog of remember when in Panama City,” Rahim said. “Remember when we had to run to Jinks Middle School because there were people pointing at us and threatening? Remember when we went to St. Andrew State Park, we turned left because we were black instead of right because we were white? We want to create that sense of empathy and then talk about how we as a community can move forward.”

People of all ages and races are invited to the free event.

“The target audience is not just the black community or black youth,” Rahim said. “It’s the white leadership, community, neighbors. Everyone can take something home from it.”

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