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Marion Civil Rights Commission to Launch Speaker Series on February 7

Post Date:01/17/2018 10:13 AM

The City of Marion's Civil Rights Commission envisions a community that is welcoming, inclusive, and preserves the personal dignity of all people, particularly in the areas of employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and education. 

To expand on this vision, the commission is launching a new speaker series to encourage dialogue relative to civil rights issues.

The first presentation in the new speaker series will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Council Chambers at Marion City Hall (1225 6th Avenue, Marion). The program is offered free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. Leslie Wright, vice president of community building at United Way of East Central Iowa will be the featured speaker.

As the vice president of community building at the United Way of East Central Iowa, Wright’s work has focused on building the community’s capacity for collaboration and impact. She leads a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to “building the house of well-being big enough for all of us to live in.”

In her presentation, Ms. Wright will talk about how communities are changing across the United States, including East Central Iowa. She will point out that as we become more diverse as a community, it is important to look below the surface and make sure all residents have access to services. She will explore our community’s capacity to be healthy and resilient if members of different populations and neighborhoods struggle with adversity.

Make plans now to hear Leslie Wright, the Marion Civil Rights Commission’s first featured speaker, on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Marion City Hall. Look for additional speaker events to be scheduled throughout the year. 

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