Former Governor William Winter, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori are hosting a forum on racism in Jackson.
The event is called 'The State Of Racism In America'. The 90 minute discussion was organized by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi.
The event titled was designed to pinpoint advancements, and places where more work needs to be done, to create racial equality in all communities.
Former Mississippi Governor William Winter says, "And I look Back now and see how far we've come and I take a lot of pleasure and a lot of pride in the steps taken since then, the changes that have taken place in Mississippi and in the country, but I also acknowledge we have a lot of work to do."
The event comes on the heels of the Episcopal General Convention passing two recent resolutions to address segregation, and discrimination in their own communities.
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers says, "In a sense I embrace the newness of moving forward in a united front. I also embrace the emotion of positive anger to make us aware of what we have to do and how we must do it. I'm delighted to be a part of this discussion today."
Katharine Jefferts Schori the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church gave the opening address, detailing the pain and suffering racism causes.
During a private preview with the media, Jefferts Schori said, "We yearn for a society where all human beings are treated with dignity with justice with respect and who have access to all of the opportunities a wider society offers."
It is being shown live on the web through the help of PBS.
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