Danville, VA-- Wednesday marked the beginning of a city-wide discussion of race relations in Danville.
Mayor Sherman Saunders and Vice Mayor Gary Miller, led a meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the creation of a "Coalition Celebrating Danville's Diversity."
"Danville is trying to celebrate and promote more diversity in our city," said Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders.
The idea of this new movement in Danville came from a citizen back in June.
"It was born out of the speech I made, commemorating 50 years since the march that we call Bloody Monday," said Lawrence Campbell, a Danville resident . "I felt that there should be some positive aspects of the march that would be somewhat cohesive in bringing communities together."
Lawrence Campbell presented his idea to city council, which in turn sparked the formation of a "Coalition Celebrating Danville's Diversity."
"It's a great start," said Joe King, Danville City Manager.
Several local officials and area citizens attended the meeting to figure out how the coalition should be structured and what its goals should be. There's still a lot up in the air
"Once plan developed it will be implemented and the group will choose its own group choose its own board. Will chose what it wants to do, how it should be done and will have the support of Danville city council," said Mayor Saunders.
"I think it's historical, I think it's a move on the part of the city council that speaks to the sensitiVity of the resident of the community," said Campbell.
The mayor said a race relations committee will be formed out of this coalition. The group is open to anyone who lives or works in the Danville area. The coalition will meet monthly and welcome any suggestions or comments. You can email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.