~ PVN staff report
During a time of social unrest and racial tension felt throughout the country and around the world — a local conversation is planned, to discuss matters of race and equality.
The Page County Public Forum will present its next installment online at the end of the month, when they explore “Racial Healing: Making our Community Stronger through Racial Harmony.”
A total of nine speakers are scheduled for the Aug. 25 event on Zoom, including:
• Audre King — Director, West Luray Rec Center, lead speaker, focusing on defining the issues that confront us;
• Justin Wheelock — All Power to All People, a group of young activists in Luray, focusing on how our young people can lead the way to end systemic disparities and fight for civil equality;
• “A.D.” Dennis Carter III — past president of the Warren-Page County NAACP;
• Rev. Cathy Tibbetts — Rector at Christ Episcopal Church, Luray;
• C.S. “Bow” Cook — Luray Police Chief;
• Chad Cubbage — Page County Sheriff;
• Shirley Ginwright — Chair of the Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee and former president of the Fairfax County NAACP; focusing on strengthening and building positive relationships between public safety agencies and the communities they serve;
• KEYNOTE SPEAKERS — Rodney Culbreath and Penny Smith — Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Coming To The Table, focusing on healing wounds of the past and bringing together all people in racial harmony.
The online Zoom round table is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82921865721 password 744318
WOW! As a Page County and Shenandoah almost-native from the age of 4-18, I am thrilled to join this event next week. Thank you to all who are helping to confront and heal the pain of racism in any way, no matter how uncomfortable this process may be. It would be great to see family and friends from Shenandoah at this gathering.