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Race, Youth and Football

Myers Park United Methodist Church | 05/22/2016 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

What Can High School Football Teach Us About Getting Along?

The churchwide conversation on race continues with a panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in Jubilee Hall: Myers Park High School football coach Scott Chadwick and some players will share how they’ve overcome barriers of race and class to build unity. They’ll be joined by Charlotte magazine Executive Editor Michael Graff, whose series on the Mustangs te am told this story.


Shocked by the Charleston church murders, a group of Myers Park United Methodist members are keeping the race conversation going. They’ve organized progr ams on CMS segregation/student assignment and white privilege/guilt. They heard African- americans who belong to Myers Park United Methodist speak honestly about what it’s like to be part of a nearly all-white church. Church members intrigued by Graff’s magazine series thought: These stories explore the challenge of looking beyond color and class. Surely the kids have something to teach us.


John Clarkson put it this way: “The series on Mustangs football provides a revealing glimpse into how coaches, players and f amilies manage the racial and economic inequities in our neighborhood high school. This upcoming progr am ought to provide an important step toward understanding what it takes to create true harmony.”


To learn more about the May 22 gathering and continuing efforts to seek racial reconciliation, reach Director of Communications Ken Garfield at 704-295-4819 or


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