MATTOON — Several panelists are scheduled to take part in a Mattoon-area organization's virtual discussion on race, equity and community Friday evening.
The RealiTea ProjecT, founded by Mattoon-area resident Taneya Higginbotham, has organized the panel discussion and will livestream the event at 6 p.m. on the organization's Facebook page.
Higginbotham will lead a discussion that also will feature Traci Ellis, a J.D. facilitator who focuses on senior and executive-level law and diversity, equity and inclusion; James Williams, a retired police lieutenant; Ed Dowd, executive director of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce; Amanda Lessley, president/CEO of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation; Harold Pettigrew, bishop and lead pastor of Kingdom Driven Church; and Maggie Burkhead, director of TRIO Student Support Services at Eastern Illinois University.
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