Charles County NAACP tries to bring community together
Organization to hold discussion about race issues
The Charles County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is trying to bring the community together by discussing racial issues with “A Community Conversation: We are one.”
“This is the first time we have had this type of meeting,” Janice Wilson, chapter president, said. The meeting was provoked by recent events in Charlottesville, Va., she said.
“So much is going on in the U.S. right now, we thought it was time to have a talk about staying together,” Wilson said.
Wanda Woodland, former chapter president and
current youth adviser for the organization, said she wants to prevent Charles County from having events similar to what happened in Charlottesville.
“What I am hoping is that we can have an honest conversation about the race issues in Charlottesville that could possibility happen in Charles County,” Woodland said.
“The NAACP’s main goal is to bring the community
together as one,” Wilson added.
The meeting will have a panel of speakers and will allow questions from the community.
“We want to give the people an opportunity to talk and voice their thoughts,” Wilson said.
Woodland said that the president of the youth group will be on the panel as well Thursday evening.
“We need to hear from them and how they feel. It’s the youth that can change this,” Woodland added.
Woodland said they are
trying to work on keeping the “least amount of racial tension” within the high schools in Charles County.
She also said the Charles County Board of Education was invited to the discussion, along with many other influential figures in the community, such as Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry (D), La Plata Police Chief Carl Schinner and Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack Commander Lt. Jimmie Meurrens.
“We are inviting the entire community. We want to engage every aspect,”
Wilson said one of the issues she wants to bring up in the discussion is the racial comments being made on social media sites like Facebook.
However, she assured that “it doesn’t have to be
all negative, we can also talk about the positive things that are working in the community.”
“[I feel that] anything can be worked out through communication,” Wilson said.
The discussion will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, at the True Gospel Church Ministry in Waldorf.
“My vision is to bring the Charles County community together,” Wilson said.