Helping Charlotte Talk About Race

The idea came to Danny Trapp as he sat in the audience at race and religion forums across Charlotte. He could sense frustration all around him as panels of experts, not people in the seats, got to do most of the talking.

Then, on June 17, nine African-Americans were gunned down in a church in Charleston. Trapp, a Presbyterian minister who leads MeckMin, an interfaith group of almost 100 white, black and mixed houses of worship, decided to act: He would get Charlotte talking by finding the time and space to let everyday people – not just experts, clergy and politicians – say what was on their minds and in their hearts: about race, about change, about tension and about healing.
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