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Summit to have workshops on education, racism

| Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, 12:00 p.m.

Education and racism will be at the forefront of the upcoming fifth annual Pittsburgh Summit Against Racism.

Celeste Taylor, one of the organizers of the Jan. 11 event, said there will be workshops where participants discuss how racism affects the education of children and how people can make a difference.

"You can't have the history of racism in this country and not expect to have some sort of residual effect," Taylor said. "I just hope people could see the summit as an opportunity to make progress."

The keynote speaker for the event will be Aldustus Jordan, education coordinator for Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, an advocacy group for Philadelphia schoolchildren.

The summit is presented by the Black and White Reunion and was started as a response to the death of Jonny Gammage, a black motorist who died in 1995 at the hands of five white suburban police officers during a traffic stop just inside Pittsburgh city limits.

"Racism is not a trendy issue. It's an issue that we have to constantly keep dealing with," Taylor said.

Other topics at the summit will include economic justice, faith, community, well-being and youth.

Also included will be an exhibition from the Men's Lives Project of the Andy Warhol Museum, where four white men and four black men met several times to discuss how racism has impacted their lives.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave.

Registration will be $20 per adult, $7 per child and $10 per adult for groups of 10 or more people. The fee includes admission to the summit, all the programs, breakfast and lunch. For information about registration, call (412) 441-3800, ext. 45.

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