Francis Marion University to facilitate community forum on diversity


FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Francis Marion University President, Dr. Fred Carter, told the university’s board of trustees Thursday that FMU would take the lead in sustaining a regional conversation on racial justice and equality in the wake of the George Floyd murder last week.

They will begin their effort with a community forum facilitated by FMU in the coming weeks. Details of that event are still under discussion with leaders in the community and will be announced at at later date, said Carter.

Here is a full statement from Dr. Carter:

“George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis last week was an American tragedy. It was a barbaric act that should anger all of us and remind us that we must do better — not only for ourselves but for our sons and daughters. 

“You might ask what does this have to do with FMU? The answer is everything. Look around you — we are one of the most diverse universities in the state and the Southeast. We’ve been proud of this legacy for decades. 

“This is a harmonious place racially, but we can make it even better. I’ll tell you what else we can do. We can continually remind the communities and people around us that diversity, in thought, opinion, culture and belief, is the best antidote against hatred and intolerance. 

“To that end, I’ve spent this morning talking to the mayor (of Florence) and some community leaders about hosting a forum in the next few weeks focusing on these and a few other topics. I believe this university can play a large role in sustaining this dialogue. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days.”

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