City of Tallahassee Holds Day of Dialogue

It’s an opportunity each year for people to discuss the state of race relations in the capital city.

For the eighth consecutive year, the City of Tallahassee sponsored the "Day of Dialogue.” The event encourages citizens to interact in groups with diverse people through honest and open discussions with each other.

Harriet Harlan, a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, says, "This allows them to come and feel comfortable around the table with other people who are wanting to find out the attitudes of other people, not necessarily to change them, but to gain from their experience and learn from each other how we can make this a wonderful world that we live in."

More than 250 people of different races and religions gathered at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Tallahassee for the forum held on the observed Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Sharon Ofuani of the city's Equity & Workforce Development, says, "Dr. King talked about living together as brothers and sisters or perishing as fools. Today is also about making sure we don't perish as fools."

Keith Simmonds, a professor of political science, adds, "I'm, of course, interested in justice and peace and the improvement of the human condition. Today is a day we can come together to find out what progress we are making."

Organizers say the Day of Dialogue provides a safety zone for people to talk freely without the fear of being judged or criticized. The Day of Dialogue is held under the auspices of the mayor's initiative on race relations.