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Posted on: October 8, 2021

Public Invited to Participate in ‘Race, Justice & Policing: Past, Present and Future’

The City of Edina’s Human Rights & Relations Commission (HRRC) welcomes all to participate in a community presentation, “Race, Justice and Policing: Past, Present and Future” 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

The virtual presentation will be held livestreamed on the City’s website, Facebook page and Edina TV. The event will feature presentations by nationally recognized speaker and psychologist Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Police Chief Todd Milburn and Police Officer Darren Davis. Dr. Aja King, psychologist and chair of the Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission will moderate a question-and-answer session following their presentations.

The HRRC held a first conversation on race, justice and policing last year following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer. That conversation focused on the personal experiences of four Edina residents. 

This year’s conversation will discuss the historical roots of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and why and how many of those pre-Civil War policies and rules are still prevalent in today’s justice system.

Commissioner Mark Felton, who planned last year’s conversation and chairs the planning committee for this year’s event, said, “I think Edina residents will enjoy this event. The core team that planned the widely viewed ‘Stop the Hate’ program last month are the same people planning this one. A lot of work has gone into making it an event to remember.”

The conversation will be recorded and rebroadcast on Edina TV 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays, 10 p.m. Mondays, 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 14.

For more information, contact Race & Equity Manager Heidi Lee, staff liaison to the HRRC, at HLee@EdinaMN.gov or 952-826-1622.


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