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Leon County and the Village Square team up for another Created Equal community conversation

Leon County government/used with permission

Leon County Government and the Village Square are teaming up again to present a community conversation on race. The next episode in the "Created Equal" series takes place this Thursday, April 23.

Kianna Gilley in Leon County's Communications Office said the event has a history of taking on subjects that are sometimes difficult or uncomfortable.

"A conversation about race in our elections, we've had an event on Florida Emancipation Day, the Tallahassee lunch counter sit-ins, so just getting folks together to have the hard but definitely necessary conversations that are needed in this social climate."

That conversation, said Gilley, will begin with a panel discussion.

"We're excited to have Nicole Everett, host of 'Conversations with Nicole,' moderating the conversation. This year's conversation is 'Created Equal: Black Women in the Fight for Equality.' And then for our panel we have: Dr. Temple Robinson with the Bond Community Health Center; Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones with FSU; we have Christic Henry who's a neighborhood advocate; and Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud from FAMU."

This, said Gilley, will set the stage for the break-out session to follow.

"This year's event will have given the past and current realities of Black women in America and specifically in those areas of health, economy, community and education."

The goal, she added, is to jump-start discussion, which leads to connection followed by understanding.

"We want to get folks together to understand each other; put each other in the other's shoes, and understand our own experiences, so this is why 'Created Equal' is so important. 'Created Equal: Black Women in the Fight for Equality' happens Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30 at The Moon. If you'd like to register for this free event, you can go to:

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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