Community Discusses Ways to Move Forward

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- The community joined together Thursday to discuss ways to move forward, following a week of celebrating the renaming of Cantrell Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

Like the writing on the wall, the discussion Thursday was all about moving forward.

"This event tonight is in many ways a culminating event, to reflect on the past week and a half," said Andrew Nussbaum, who participated in the discussion.

A week filled with celebrating the Civil Rights activist who now has a street in his honor in Harrisonburg.

"Discussions is the basis for growth and really understanding and having the space for dialogue is really a crucial element in understanding our community," said Fabrice Guerrier, who participated in the discussion.

The conversation started with the passing of paper plates.

Each participant had the opportunity to write down their values.

Stan Maclin who is the Chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. coalition who pushed for the renaming of the street said this is just the beginning.

"Harrisonburg is a great city and we want to be a city that's a friendly city, not just on paper or in name but in reality, which it is on the right steps progress towards that," said Maclin.

When asked to express where he wants to begin, Maclin said he wants us to step out of our comfort zone.

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