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MODERATOR—Mary Parker moderates the workshop, “Dismantling Institutional Racism and Fighting for Racial Equality in Organizations.” (Photo by J.L. Martello)

MODERATOR—Mary Parker moderates the workshop, “Dismantling Institutional Racism and Fighting for Racial Equality in Organizations.” (Photo by J.L. Martello)

During the worst blizzard of the winter many stayed in to avoid the cold, but an intrepid group of 500 citizens braved that cold to embrace the warmth of fellowship and community at the 18th Annual Summit Against Racism.

Tim Stevens founded the Black & White Reunion in his first year as president of the NAACP Pittsburgh Branch, in response to the Oct. 12, 1995, death of Black motorist Jonny Gammage at the hands of Brentwood, Whitehall and Baldwin Borough police officers during a traffic stop. This year there were 34 workshops in total, doubled from last year. Specifically, the summit focused on education and strategies for justice involving race, sex, class, age and religion.

“We had a delayed start at 9:20 a.m., but a lot of people were already in the house around 8 a.m. Everyone had an opportunity to go to at least three workshops,” Stevens said.

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