Bridging the Divide

Whether you liked him or not, President Bill Clinton made some strides in recognizing and repairing the inequities due to race in our country. His efforts are part of the focus of a panel discussion titled “Bridging the Divide” this afternoon on the campus where I work.

My sweet wife Angi has done a lot of work to organize the event, which may be broadcast live on C-SPAN beginning at 4:30 p.m. CST — if not, C-SPAN will doubtless carry it later.

Panelists include Sanford Cloud (National Conference for Community and Justice), Robert Evans (Plowshares Institute), Rose Ochi (L.A. Police Commissioner), Janet Murguia (National Council of La Raza), Feisal Abdul Rauf (American Sufi Muslim Association Society), and panel mediator Deborah Mathis (Tribune Media columnist).

You can read more about it at The event is one of many surrounding the dedication/opening of the Clinton Center and Presidential Library this week.

I said the Clinton administration’s efforts were part of the focus of the panel, because the event is subtitled “Racial Reconciliation in the 21st Century.”

And because we have a long way to go before we can say we’ve done good, according to Micah 6:8:

“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?”


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