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Human Relations Commission to Show The Movement

The Caswell County Human Relations Commission is partnering with the Caswell Chapter of The Health Collaborative to host two local showings of the documentary, The Movement, which tells the courageous story of the leaders and protestors who took to the streets in Danville, Va in 1963 in a coordinated effort to end segregation in the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.

Stay after the movie for a conversation with your neighbors about what you remember or were taught about that time period. How have things changed in the Dan River Region since 1963?

Showings will be at Gunn Memorial Library on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:30am and Thursday, March 28th at 4pm.

Both events are FREE but refreshments will be served and space is limited so please RSVP by clicking the link above or calling 336-694-9331 ext 221 and leaving your name, phone number, and number of people planning to attend.

Community leaders launched the Caswell County Human Relations Commission in September of 2023 to promote equitable practices; to discourage discrimination based on race, gender and gender identification, sexual orientation and identification, national origin, age, disability, religious or political affiliation; socioeconomic, family, or veteran status; to protect each person’s lawful interests and personal dignity; and, to promote civil discourse, cultural competence, and equal opportunity in Caswell County.

“The Human Relations Commission serves as a guiding light, emphasizing the significance of our interconnectedness, our joint duty to preserve respect, and our dedication to nurturing diversity within Caswell County,” explained Bianca Lee, Co-Chair of the Caswell County Human Relations Commission. “Diversity and inclusion are like uncovering hidden gems, shinning a light on the beauty and richness of humanity’s different backgrounds and perspectives.”

The duties of the Commission are as follows:

  1. The Commission will work with community partners to learn more about the policies, practices, and customs that are likely to create disparate outcomes or animosity and unrest among racial, ethnic, and social groups; explore best practices; and, as appropriate, share recommendations.
  2. The Commission will serve as an advocate for marginalized communities and populations facing disproportionately poor outcomes within Caswell.
  3. The Commission will promote the provision of equitable services by local systems and institutions, and work to raise awareness, understanding, and implementation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles among those systems and institutions.
  4. The Commission will serve as a conduit for information regarding hate crimes, exploitation, bias activity, and political intimidation, connecting the local community to the North Carolina Human Relations Commission.

The Commission recently asked Caswell’s Board of Commissioners to consider a proclamation acknowledging January 16th as the National Day of Racial Healing and plans to cohost a number of shared learning opportunities in the coming year.