WATCH: Columbus mayor holds discussion on race, police to #GalvanizeColumbus

#GalvanizeColumbus town hall pt. 1
(Source: WTVM)
(Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson hosted an event discussion on race and policing on Friday, welcoming the community to join in the discussion.

In a release issued on Monday, Mayor Tomlinson announced the event, entitled #GalvanizeColumbus.

"As communities throughout the nation deal with discord and even chaos related to issues of race and policing, we in Columbus choose to engage in frank discussion and information sharing," Mayor Tomlinson said. "These issues go to the very heart of our community and they affect us all."

This session was facilitated by Judge John Allen, retired Chief Judge of the Columbus, GA Judicial System. Community leaders, subject matter experts, and citizens who are affected by and deeply engaged in these important issues were also on hand to discuss where we are as a community and a nation, and how we might go forward.

"These will not be easy conversations, and this is only just the beginning. It is our intent to offer an inspirational environment in which people can celebrate their common humanity," RiverCenter Executive Director Norm Easterbrook said.

The RiverCenter was pleased to host this community event.

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