Together, We Rise!
Mayor's Summit on Race, Culture and Human Relations
October 02, 2013
As news stories across the nation highlight civil and human unrest, the City of Tallahassee is finding ways to bring people together as evidenced by the announcement of the Mayor's Summit on Race, Culture and Human Relations. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, located at 555 W. Pensacola Street.
Titled Together, We Rise, this year's summit will explore the status of relations among Tallahassee's diverse community through a series of thought-provoking presentations and workshops. This year marks the 10th time the City has coordinated the event. It is designed to help create a climate for open, honest and safe dialogue about race, culture and human relations.
"For more than a decade, the City has proudly presented this unique opportunity for people throughout our community - from various races and cultural backgrounds - to come together to share ideas and experiences, to learn, and to grow," said Mayor John Marks. "We can be proud to live in a city where citizens appreciate what can be accomplished when we come together. Our proactive approach is what makes our community a leader by example and an exceptional place in which to live and work."
The day-long event offers workshops and a public forum that focus on timely, relevant issues, including a healthcare perspective presented by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH). TMH is the event's title sponsor.
"Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare is proud to serve as the title sponsor for this year's summit," said TMH President and CEO Mark O'Bryant. "This is a tremendous opportunity for us to join the discussion on human relations and their interdependence with the factors that make a community healthy."
Attendees will hear from Brian Blasko, a highly motivated, nationally recognized diversity speaker, trainer and author. He is known for his high energy, humorous and thought producing message that takes adversity out of diversity. He will present "Recipe for Success - Like Baking Bread… Together, We Rise!"
There will also be a special presentation that includes comments from civil rights activists, also known as foot soldiers, who took part in Tallahassee's 1960s lunch counter sit-ins and the 1956 bus boycott. Foot soldiers who were recently memorialized in the Tallahassee-Leon County Civil Rights Heritage Walk for their contributions to the Civil Rights Movement will share some of their personal stories.
From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a free special program featuring Robbie Stokes Jr., executive director/founder of I Talk to Strangers (ITTS). ITTS is a social movement with the mission to bring the world together one conversation at a time by creating programs and partnerships with organizations that promote enriching dialogue and positive collaborations among strangers. He will discuss the importance of bridging the gap from fear to understanding through open communication and developing relationships between people who never would have known each other had they not taken the time to talk to strangers.
Following the presentation, local rappers Andrew Mannheimer (Yt), Charlton Stevens (Mista Kingz) and Michael Bane (Bane) will take the stage. They will perform their song "Tallahassee," which has garnered more than 42,000 views to date on YouTube, and debut a special piece written just for the summit.
Summit information and registration is available on Talgov.com. The registration fee is $37 and includes lunch.
The summit is coordinated by the City's Equity and Workforce Development Department, with sponsors from a variety of local businesses and organizations. Visit Talgov.com or call 891-8290 for more information.
Angela Hendrieth, Equity and Workforce Development, 891-8290; or Carrie Poole, Communications Department, 891-8533