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December 8, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Seattle event aims to make it easier to discuss race

Mount Zion Baptist Church will host a Seattle Race Initiative Friday and Saturday.

The initiative is designed to “help participants have everyday and nonthreatening discussions about race” and will be led by Dr. David Campt, a dialogue facilitator known as “the Race Doctor,” according to a church news release.

The Friday evening session will focus on race through the lens of the arts, “addressing the ways that artists explore race through literature, dance, music, the spoken word and the visual arts,” said Lora-Ellen McKinney, who organized the initiative.

Saturday’s daylong session involves participants breaking into groups based on common interests, which is intended to help them feel more comfortable when discussing what McKinney calls “a taboo topic.”

The meeting is designed to “make the topic interesting, intriguing, comfortable and fun.”

The free discussions will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave. in Seattle. Anyone interested may participate.

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