Staunton leaders invite community to talk about diversity

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — People from all backgrounds, religions and races came together in Staunton on Sunday afternoon to start a conversation about both their differences and what brings them all together.

People were invited to bring a food that represents family or cultural tradition for them.

During the meal, groups talked about topics and questions placed on their tables, focusing on how Staunton can become more welcoming to diversity.

The event was hosted by Staunton's Vice Mayor Ophie Kier and Promise Land Christian Fellowship Church.

"I think that enough people feel like something needs to be done, so that we don't end up making assumptions about each other or disliking the person when we don't know anything about them," said Kier.

He said other sites across Virginia are planning similar conversations.