On May 30, Martin Library (York County) opened their building for a community-wide forum, “The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath.” The program drew 170 members of the community, including seniors, young adults and children with their families. The panel discussion, hosted by the York Daily Record discussed precursors to the 1968 and 1969 race riots, the history surrounding the riots and Charrette following them.
A Charrette is described as a form of community group therapy. Discussion focused on key findings of the Charrette: the need for transportation, equitable medical care and affordable housing. Many changes have occurred in York during the 50 years since the race riots.
Panelists represented community agencies such as York Daily Record, Family First Health, Crispus Attucks, Rabbittransit, Wellspan, York NAACP and the City of York Human Relations Commission. Participants shared how York has dealt with these issues and acknowledged more must be done, while sharing their personal stories and observations. Ideas for future action include creation of a county-wide human relations commission, engaging youth in the community and inclusion of more minority groups and diverse populations into this discussion.
A Charrette 2.0 is being planned.
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