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Clergy, Donnelly College leaders plan forum, peace march in KCK

Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan., will be the site of a public forum on Aug. 27 seeking input from millennials about law enforcement and minority communities.
Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan., will be the site of a public forum on Aug. 27 seeking input from millennials about law enforcement and minority communities. File photo

A public forum seeking input from millennials about law enforcement’s relationship with minority communities has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan.

Monsignor Stuart W. Swetland, the college’s president, described the forum as a listening session to gain input from Donnelly students as well as the general public.

School officials originally planned the forum for July 18 but postponed it after a gunman killed a Kansas City, Kan., police captain that afternoon.

Though no major issues have arisen in Kansas City, Kan., many clergy in the community want to be proactive and help prevent them, said the Rev. Terry Bradshaw Jr. of St. John’s Temple Church of God in Christ.

“It’s going to take unity across the board,” Bradshaw said Friday at a press conference announcing the forum.

Clergy also are planning a three-block march for peace for 2 p.m. Aug. 27 during the third annual “I’m so Wyandotte” community picnic at City Park, 2601 Park Drive.

Incidents across the country involving police shooting citizens, and citizens shooting police, have increased tensions in many minority communities.

Donna McGuire: 816-234-4393, @dmcguirekcstar

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