ELMIRA, NY (WETM) – As New York seeks to heal from the racist and hate-fueled attack at Tops Markets in Buffalo, local community leaders are seeking to turn the tragedy into a turning point for a discussion on race.

This discussion included leaders in the community who spoke about race relations and how we can discuss race openly. Community Leader, Rosland Geter, organized and co-moderated the discussion.

The speakers were:

  • Vincent Sears, mental health counselor, Ph.D. student at Liberty University
  • Babatunde Ayanfodun, diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator at Corning Community College, My Brother’s Keeper coordinator at Elmira City School District
  • Carnell Parks, Executive Pastor at City Lights Church
  • Nykole Parks, RN Case Manager for Arnot Health, community advocate and mentor
  • Chad Spencer, Pastor at His Tabernacle

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