Here’s a reminder that the second edition of Hearts United Gathering (HUG II) is scheduled to take place on Friday evening at 6 pm at Rome First United Methodist Church, 202 East 3rd Avenue. The event is once again being hosted by One Community United as a means by which to foster positive race relations in Rome and Floyd County.
Acclaimed author Patrick Phillips will be the keynote speaker for HUG II. He wrote the best selling novel “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America”, which tells the story of conflicts that led to a racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912.
Cheryl Jenkins, who serves on the advisory board for One Community United, says the goal of her organization (and of HUG II) is give community members of all races the opportunity to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be in another’s skin.
Admission to HUG II is free of charge, though One Community United is accepting financial contributions from the public, states Jenkins. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.onecommunityunited.org or at the event.
Pizza and soft drinks will be served prior to Phillips’ speech so attendees are urged to arrive early. The event will also feature a performance by the MLK Community Choir.
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