The Committee on Equity and Inclusion to hold special meeting to discuss Critical Race Theory

June 16, 2021

Louisville – The Metro Council’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion will host a special meeting on Thursday, June 17th. The meeting, a prominent part of the Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration’s calendar of events, will include a discussion of Critical Race Theory.

Committee Chairwoman Paula McCraney (D-7) hopes this discussion will help the public understand what is involved in Critical Race Theory and advance the public discourse around this much-debated issue.

Joining committee members in the discussion will be Diane Porter, Chairwoman of the Jefferson County Board of Education, and Cedric M. Powell, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law at the University of Louisville.

The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. rather than the normal 4:00 p.m. time and can be viewed virtually.

Chairwoman McCraney said, “Facing and addressing the truth about the history of our nation is important if we want to move closer to a more equitable and perfect union. This includes acknowledging the shared experiences of all Americans and studying how race, as a social construct, perpetuates a caste system that relegates Black people and people of color to the bottom tiers of society. The Committee on Equity and Inclusion is responsible for opening up dialogue and examining critical issues regarding race and equity. I invite the community to join us in the conversation about Critical Race Theory, so that we can all understand what it is and what it is not.”

Legislation known as The Crown Act is also scheduled for discussion tomorrow. For more information on either item, please contact Chairwoman McCraney at 574-1107.

This meeting will be held as a video teleconference pursuant to KRS 61.826 and Senate Bill 150. Members have the option of participating virtually from remote locations, or in person from the Metro Council Chambers on the third floor of Historic City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street.

To see the Committee meeting agenda, click here.

Under a declaration issued by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to slow the spread of COVID-19, public access to Historic City Hall has been limited.  In collaboration with the President’s Office, the City Hall entrance on 6th Street is locked with limited building access. A sign is posted on the door to call the on-duty security guard desk for approved entry.

As a result of, and in accordance with, this directive, the Louisville Metro Council’s Committee meetings will be open to the public through remote access only.  The public may watch the proceedings live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 or on UVERSE at Channel 99. 

Proceedings will be streamed live from the Metro Council Clerk’s Archived Media page at http://louisville.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

 and on the Louisville Metro Council’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleMetroCouncil.

 

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