Whites in­vited to ‘Come Meet a Black Per­son’

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Atlanta (AP) — A pro­fes­sional group near Atlanta is invit­ing white peo­ple to “Come Meet a Black Per­son.”

That’s the ti­tle of a net­work­ing event planned for Thurs­day in sub­ur­ban Lawrenceville by Ur­ban Me­dia­mak­ers, a con­sor­tium of con­tent cre­ators.

“If white folks don’t have none of us in their lives, they’re the ones miss­ing out,” said Ch­eryle Moses, pres­i­dent and founder of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which hosts an an­nual film fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber and also holds a con­test for mid­dle school and high school film­mak­ers.

Moses said she was in­spired by re­search she’d read about that showed that three quar­ters of white peo­ple don’t count any non-white peo­ple among their friends. She didn’t mean for the ti­tle of the event to be provoca­tive, she said, but in­stead wants to build re­la­tion­ships of trust and un­der­stand­ing.

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