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Race: Are We So Different?

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To reaffirm its commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the City of Riverside is celebrating Race Equality Week October 12-17, 2010.

This year marks the seventh time the City has been involved in this national week of awareness that was originally conceived by the National League of Cities. Riverside will commemorate the week through a series of events centered on the theme for this year’s event - “Race: Are We So Different?”

“Race Equality Week reaffirms and celebrates Riverside’s commitment to strengthening our inclusive community and creating dynamic collaborative solutions that promote equality,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge. “Equality is a vital part of a creative, vibrant city – a City of Arts & Innovation.”

This past Tuesday, Mayor Loveridge issued a Proclamation in recognition of the week at the City Council meeting.

“Diversity through Performance,” a signature event on October 17 at Main Street Riverside, will bring together various local groups for an afternoon of breathtaking dances and performances showcasing the culturally diverse populace of our region.

Additional events during the week include: a staged reading of To Kill a Mockingbird to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel; exploration of the Nationally Touring Race Exhibit and keynote speech by Dr. Yolanda Moses; and an interactive presentation of Wherever There’s a Fight, a book about civil rights struggles past and present. In addition, local experts will convene a panel after the presentation to discuss the connection of the book to local issues.

Gladys Walker, Chair of the City’s Human Relations Commission, said “Our Commission is committed to partnering each year with the City of Riverside in hosting the annual Race Equality Week.

For more information, and to view the full schedule of events and locations, please visit www. riversideca.gov/hrc or call the Mayor’s Office at (951) 826-5897.

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