(PHOTOS) – Decatur hosts diversity discussion

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 29, 2015

The city of Decatur is in the process of creating a “Community Action Plan” to address concerns about the city’s dwindling diversity.

As part of the development of the plan, the city hosted a Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at the Ebster Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The city recently entered into a $109,000 agreement with a consultant, The Art of Community, to help develop the plan and facilitate the conversation. The consulting firm put together a Leadership Circle of residents and city employees that has been meeting regularly to develop recommendations about how the diversity discussion should move forward.

The development of the Community Action Plan came about after a group of citizens, led by former School Board member Don Denard, raised concerns about alleged racial profiling by city Police Officers. The city decided to make it broader dialogue about race and diversity in the city.

Decaturish photographer Jonathan Phillips dropped by the Ebster Recreation Center on Saturday and captured these images of the community’s dialogue about diversity.

Hundreds of people came out to discuss issues such as diverse and affordable housing, racially just community policing and more to build on the City’s 2010 roundtable discussions and strategic plan during  the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation to ensure the city is welcoming, inclusive and equitable. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Hundreds of people came out to the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation on Aug. 29 to discuss issues such as diverse and affordable housing, racially just community policing and more. The city is creating a Community Action Plan to build on the city’s 2010 strategic plan to ensure the city is welcoming, inclusive and equitable.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Christian Perry speaks during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at Ebster Gym on Saturday. Hundreds of people came out to discuss issues such as diverse and affordable housing, racially just community policing and more to build on the City’s 2010 roundtable discussions and strategic plan. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Christian Perry speaks during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at Ebster Recreation Center on Saturday. 
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Mattice Haynes helps lead the discussion during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at Ebster Gym on Saturday.  Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Mattice Haynes helps lead the discussion during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at the Ebster Recreation Center on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The workbook for  the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The workbook for the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Peggy Parker uses a wireless transmitter to give her opinion on polling questions during Saturday's meeting at the Ebster Recreation Center. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Peggy Parker uses a wireless transmitter to give her opinion on polling questions during Saturday’s meeting.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Beverly Jones uses a wireless transmitter to give her opinion on polling questions. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Beverly Jones uses a wireless transmitter to give her opinion on polling questions.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Michael Harbin gets to know his neighbors. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Michael Harbin gets to know his neighbors.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Daniel Walker (left), Mary Alice Kemp and Cele Blair get to know one another during  the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Daniel Walker (left), Mary Alice Kemp and Cele Blair get to know one another during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Pearleta Sterling (center) and Dawn Buannic participate in  the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation in Decatur.  Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Pearleta Sterling (center) and Dawn Buannic participate in the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation in Decatur.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Shannan Miller (top right) visits with different tables during  the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Shannan Miller (top right) visits with different tables during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Fardosa Hassan participates in the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Fardosa Hassan participates in the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Ashley Cooper leads  the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Ashley Cooper leads the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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