The Kirkwood Human Rights Commission hopes that its "Symposium on Diversity" will improve long‐term community building.
The event will be held Oct. 22 at and includes a keynote presentation from U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Kansas City who is chairman of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus.
Cleaver recently has spoken in the national press about President Barack Obama's response to black unemployment rates.
Mayor Art McDonnell and Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Chair Darnel Frost will give the welcoming remarks and Rabbi Susan Talve will give the introductory remarks of the symposium.
Talve spoke to the St. Louis Jewish Light Wednesday about dialogue relating to human rights issues in Israel and Palestine.
The panel will be moderated by Alvin Reid, a regular contributor on the Donnybrook show and include pastors and community leaders.
Darnel Frost, chair of the Human Rights Commission, said the event is aimed at increasing awareness and appreciation for the diversity of Kirkwood, as well as emphasize community history.