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Fayetteville Religious Leaders Meet To Discuss Race Relations

Posted July 11, 2001 10:57 a.m. EDT

— They come from different religious backgrounds, but Fayetteville clergy are now working together for a common purpose.

At the request of a group of African American residents, the religious leaders are meeting to discuss race relations.

During the bid for the All-America City Award, the group expressed concerns that Fayetteville was not inclusive of women and minorities. It challenged churches and temples to help resolve some of the issues.

"The goal is to listen to one another long enough, hear one another, hear perspectives of everyone in the room, define the issues and collect information around those issues," says Dr. Ernest Johnson, of Highland Presbyterian Church.

Religious leaders say improving the racial divide is a long-term effort but one they committed to in their first meeting.