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Rockford Summit on Racism

Thursday, May 4, 2023

8:15 AM


Registration & Continental Breakfast

Opportunity to socialize, network and visit vendor exhibits 

9:00 AM


9:10 AM

Opening Music

9:15 AM

Community Panel

10:00 AM


10:10 AM

The Task

10:15 AM


Welcome by Mayor Thomas McNamara

Honoring the Original Inhabitants by Dick Rundall

Introductions by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Board

Special words by Rev. Maurice West Sr., President of Rockford Ministers' Fellowship

Opening Music: Please stand for the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" led by Terrace Huntley from Rock Valley College and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" led by Bev Owens from Pilgrim Baptist Church

Panel members will talk about what their organization is doing to eliminate racism. Moderator: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Board. 

East High School Chamber Choir Directed by Lisa Simon - "We Shall Overcome" "Oye" and "Shed a Little Light"

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Board, Our task for the day is.....

10:30 AM

Workshop 1

11:45 AM


Box Lunch​ (Location: Near Vendor Area)

12:30 AM

Welcome Back

12:30 AM

Youth Panel

District 205 Youth Panel (Location: Stage Area)

Moderator: Bo Chaney & Tony Turner

How do you feel about racism in Rockford & what would you change?

1:15 PM

The Challenge 

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Board, The Challenge...

1:20 PM


1:30 PM

Workshop 2

Workshop 2

2:45 PM

Snack Break

Snack Break 

Opportunity to visit vendor exhibits

3:00 PM

Workshop 3

Workshop 3

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