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A table discusses racial disparity during the Greenville Human Relations Council
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A table discusses racial disparity during the Greenville Human Relations Council "Dismantling Racism" workshop Saturday at City Hall. (Joe Pellegrino/The Daily Reflector)

Planting the seeds of change

“Our first goal should be to know about each other, whether we are white, black, Muslim or Jew.”


Maliha Farhadi
retired ECU professor

By Beth Velliquette

The Daily Reflector

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A diverse group of Pitt County residents, clergy and activists came together Saturday to take on an enormous challenge — “Dismantling Racism.”

The City of Greenville Human Relations Council announced that it would be holding an all-day workshop at the City Hall Saturday called Dismantling Racism, and it invited about 35 of those who showed interest to begin “planting seeds of change by building community.”


Led by facilitator Barbara Culmer-Ilaw, the group talked about why they came to the meeting, their hopes and fears, and then set ground rules for talking with each other.

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