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Envisioning and establishing a just community in the wake of Ferguson

Reverend Starsky Wilson was co-chair of a commission created to study the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Wilson's charge was “to address the underlying root causes that led to the unrest in the wake of Michael Brown’s death and to publish an unflinching report with transformative policy recommendations for making the region stronger and a better place for everyone to live.”

This conversation -- “Advancing Racial Equity and Engaging the Community's Voice" -- suggests how we go about getting to the root causes of inequity and justice.

By outlining the successes and failures of the commission's recommendations, Wilson points to the critical need to unravel community fabrics largely created to promote segregation. 

Wilson is presently the pastor of Saint John’s Church in St. Louis, Missouri and the president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation. He spoke with Karen Toering of Social Justice Fund Northwest at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library on June 7, 2016. Jennie Cecil Moore recorded their talk.

Web Exclusive: Listen to the full version of Rev. Starsky Wilson's talk below

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