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Diversity workshop draws close to 200 to Rockwell

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By JACK KRAMPITZ JUNE 12, 2020

When Councilman Scott Rosado began the program on diversity at Rockwell Park Wednesday night, to illustrate his feelings on the night’s topic, he used a quote from Nelson Mandella: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

That was the message brought to the group about our local government’s quest to bring fairness and equity to the city of Bristol, and to see our diversity as a strength to be nurtured, not scorned.

Councilwoman Brittany Barney brought the program to a clear focus when she read the poem, “Freedom,” by Langston Hughes, during a moment of reflection.

Freedom
BY LANGSTON HUGHES

Freedom will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.
I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.
I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.
Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.
I live here, too.
I want my freedom
Just as you.

In the hour that followed, the citizens in attendance broke into smaller groups to talk about how diversity and equality can be improved in the school system, city government and the police force.

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