Toward Racial Justice Series Continues with a Discussion About the Census

WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison addressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond continues Thursday, August 13 at 7pm.

Join us as we examine the census. People of color are regularly undercounted, and circumstances this year further complicate an accurate count, with delayed in-person visits and an shortened counting schedule.

We’ll examine why it is important for everyone in our community to be represented and explore the ways this once-a-decade count directly impacts our community, including funding for education, housing and other topics we’ve discussed throughout the Toward Racial Justice series.

Panelists include:

  • Leonard S. Brown — Partnership Specialist, Philadelphia Regional Census Center, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census
  • Norman Bristol Colon — Executive Director & Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, PA Department of Economic Development
  • Kimberly Corbin — Chief Financial & Administrative Officer at the Greater Washington Urban League
  • George Fernandez — CEO, The Latino Connection

Plus, Lunden McClain will present her poem “Brown Girl” from the play “Voices of the Eighth.”

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

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Our goal is to to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.

The committee of co-organizers include:

  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
  • Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
  • Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg

Join us on Thursdays August 27 and September 10 from 7:00 to 8:30pm as we continue the Toward Racial Justice series with an in-depth look at topics such as Environmental Justice and Juvenile Justice.

The entire series will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share. Visit to watch past conversations and find additional resources.

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