MOUNT VERNON — A number of local faith communities and institutions have been working together to bring a free class on overcoming racism to the community on Mondays.

Reverend Scott Elliott, the pastor at First Congregational Church, who is working with others to lead the effort, said that “local entities are collaborating to put together this wonderful six week course. We plan to meet for an hour and half on Mondays for respectful discussions about racism, its existence in our culture, and efforts we can take to overcome it.

“This is not a college or a religious course, and there are no prerequisites to attend. We are using an exceptional book for the discussions that you will want to buy called ‘Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race’ by Kenyon College grad Debby Irving.”

Elliott added, “I am very excited that so many local leaders have joined together to work on this project. And I cannot recommend the class highly enough. Buy the book, read the first 53 pages and attend the first night!”

The Monday night class will be held Oct. 9 through Nov. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon. The classes are open to the community and free.



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