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August 11, 2014

Second part of Rock Hill Freedom Summer civil rights forum scheduled for Thursday

Rock Hill community organizers and Freedom Temple Ministries will host this week the second local event of the “Freedom Summer” initiative.

Rock Hill community organizers and Freedom Temple Ministries will host this week the second local event of the “Freedom Summer” initiative.

The Thursday session will include a panel discussion on the role of the church in the civil rights movement and today’s society.

Organizers say they’ll focus on discussion of whether churches should play a larger role in social justice.

Community leaders held their first Freedom Summer event in Rock Hill in late June at the Emmett Scott Recreation Center. There, the program focused on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. civil rights movement and voter’s rights advocacy.

This week’s program will feature conversations for youth and leadership training. Panelists include area faith leaders and the president of the South Carolina NAACP.

A third session is scheduled for September, with a focus on how to inspire young people and to teach leadership and activism skills.

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