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Happenings Around Town with the Cary Police Department

September 8, 2018 - 8 a.m. Rap Session at "Headliners Barbershop," 1028 Ryan Road, Cary, NC

Members of the police department and the black community began having regular conversation on the first Saturday morning of every month. We discussed law enforcement incidents from around the country as well as incidents that occurred locally. We talked about perceptions on both sides of the issue and all of us learned and grew from these discussions. Most importantly, we discussed issues that weren’t at all related to law enforcement. It was through these discussions that the men and women in the shop came to see that the men and women behind the badge were just regular people. We shared some of the same struggles, we wrestled with some of the same issues and we had some of the same uncertainties. The police officers and members of the community grew through the realization that we are more alike than we are different. And the circle grew. View the flyer for this event.

September 10 - 6 p.m. " Color of Conflict II" at Honest Abe's, 5433 #100 Wade Park Blvd. Raleigh, NC

Panel discussion on race relations featuring Cary Police Officer Tyler Croneberger. View the flyer for this event.

September 23 - 8 a.m. "Unity Walk"  - Downtown Cary - Location TBA

The Cary Unity Walk is an event to celebrate citizens working together to support local first responders and create a safe, unified, and nurturing community for our youth and our future. This event will also benefit two nonprofit organizations that serve many needs in our community. More information.

October 22 - The Heart & Art Series at The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham Street Cary, NC 

This session's art: “The Talk” with Sonny Kelly! This one-man theatrical performance evokes open dialogue around the conversation that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a racialized America. View the flyer for this event.

Program Overview: Heart & Art is a quarterly community engagement platform that leverages the arts to help community members across diverse races, cultures, generations, and backgrounds see one another through their “Heart Vision." These sessions involve a thought-provoking artistic piece followed by a facilitated dialogue to reveal, share, and explore diverse perspectives on the piece that was shared.