Ruby, the pastor of Central Christian Church, said there’s been a lot of progress made since Springfield’s last race riot a century ago, yet still a lot to be done.
“We’re going to ask what are the things we can work on together,” he said.
Attendees will be placed in one of three conversation groups to answer three questions: What needs to be reconciled? Why is racial reconciliation important? What will a racially reconciled Springfield look like?
The groups will then share their answers and talk about how the findings may be put into action. Ruby said one challenge is there are white people who think civil rights was the only necessary progress, but issues still need to be addressed.
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He’s also encouraged by the breadth of churches involved.
“It’s important we don’t recognize this as a black issue, but as a Springfield issue,” said Ruby. “With white and black participants, it makes this very hopeful.
The Speaker Series theme for 2019-2020 is “Sharing our Roots - Growing Springfield Together - My Story, Your Story, Our Story” and presents different topics each month on that theme.
For more information, go to springfieldohio.gov/global-education or contact Nancy Flinchbaugh at 937-324-7696.