Four panelists are scheduled to speak about their own experiences of racism. Those speakers are Jeh Jeh Pruitt, a Birmingham broadcaster and founder of the Dannon Project; the Rev. Tramaine Solomon, pastor of Lineville’s Spring Hill Baptist Church; Hobson City Mayor Alberta McCrory and Sandra Sudduth, president of the Jacksonville City Council.

Perhaps 500 people walked among police vehicles, fire engines and tents there. The city’s police chief hoped they’d meet some of his officers and other first responders, putting human faces on the agencies that protect them while getting a measure of their equipment and capabilities.

The council’s newly re-elected members agreed to spend $113,643 repairing the building’s roof and gutters, where leaks, water damage, and rotted wood have been a longstanding problem. Hale Building Company will handle the work, which Waits expects to start within 30 days.

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