Monday, July 20
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a moderated conversation at the McColl Center as part of its First Responder Series, which explores issues “that threaten to disrupt or adversely impact trust and the emotional health of our community.” Last night’s topic was Diversity Matters: The Charleston 9 – Confederate Battle Flag.
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Moderated by CHS Chief Diversity Officer Dr. James Taylor, the conversation featured distinguished speakers followed by segments of open forum with the audience. Speakers included:
Susan Harbage Page, a visual artist whose work explores immigration, race, gender and nation
Debbie Dills and Todd Frady, the florist from Shelby who spotted Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, and her boss who was on the phone with her as she raced 80mph behind Roof to capture his tag number for police, which led to his arrest
Senator Malcolm Graham, District 40 representative in the North Carolina Senate whose sister Cynthia Hurd was murdered by Dylann Roof at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston
Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South and revered as “the keeper of Charlotte’s past“