City opens dialogue on race

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Another channel of communication between Lewisburg residents and City Hall was opened last week with hope for more than just the members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who sought redress.

"Minorities don't always have all the problems," said Gary Davis, president of the Marshall County Branch of the NAACP. "I'm very pleased with the progress that we made tonight to, perhaps, come up with a grievance board."

City Manager Eddie Fuller said he welcomed an expansion of the citizen input period before Lewisburg's City Council gets down to business. But it ought to be seven to eight days earlier than regular monthly meetings, Fuller said, so information can be obtained and council members may reach conclusions sooner, instead of offering consultation later.

The black experience was recalled during the 75-minute conversation between city leaders, association officers and their members in City Hall. The talk ranged from a mayor's reflection on a lack of awareness to a former councilman's tales from his childhood, when police took him and his white buddy home to their parents, instead of jail.

Mayor Bob Phillips opened the discussion with ...Pickup a copy of today's edition of the Marshall County Tribune, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 for entire story!