Not Just Talking About Bridging the Divide

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Katherine Gianni, The Vineyard Gazette

The day after the Fourth of July, Hawk Newsome, leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Greater New York, addressed a crowd gathered at Union Chapel for a symposium entitled Keeping Democracy Alive: Understanding What Divides Us and What Binds Us.

“I love America,” Mr. Newsome said from the lectern. “America just doesn’t love me back all the time.”

Mr. Newsome was joined on stage by keynote speaker David Blankenhorn, president and founder of Better Angels, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to unite a divided United States. The event was organized by Dr. Louis Sullivan, Bill Kaufmann and Jordan Cohen. Dr. Sullivan gave the opening remarks, urging everyone to work together spark the change they wish to see in their communities.

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