Race and Class in Delray Beach: 50 years after the "I Have A Dream Speech"

By Charlene Farrington Jones

Is Delray Beach a post-racial society?

Are low-income and middle-class families being pushed out of Delray Beach?

Why do we have segregated little leagues?

These and other questions will be addressed at Race and Class in Delray Beach, a panel discussion in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Auroras Voice, two local nonprofit organizations, have partnered to offer this event on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The free event, which is open to the public, will be at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 46 SW 10th Ave, Delray Beach.

More than merely remembering an historic event, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Auroras Voice want to connect the past to the present by looking at Delray Beach compared to the standards set forth in King’s “I Have A Dream speech.” Does Delray offer equal opportunity to all regardless of race and class? The panel discussion and public forum are an opportunity to have a constructive dialogue about how residents can make Delray Beach more equitable.

The panel will be comprised of long-time community leaders Rev. Howard Barr, pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Delray Beach; Rev. Kathleen Gannon, curate of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Delray Beach; Evelyn Dobson, executive director of Community Land Trust of Delray Beach; and Dr. Derrick White, associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University. Pablo del Real, founder of Auroras Voice, will moderate the discussion. Ample time is planned for questions and comments from the audience.

For more information, call 561-279-8883.




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