Butterfield to Lead Faith & Politics Institute's Congressional Conversation on Race, Monday

Jan 25, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will lead a discussion on race during the Search for Common Ground and The Faith & Politics Institute’s Congressional Conversation on Race forum in Rocky Mount, N.C. on Monday.  The upcoming Conversation on Race is the second forum in a national series which seeks to improve race relations beyond the traditional topics of discrimination.  The conversation will assemble a diverse group of key constituents to engage in a candid, solution-oriented dialogue on race relations in North Carolina’s First Congressional District.  Among others, Butterfield will be joined by Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny, Phoenix Historical Society Vice President James Wrenn, and American Red Cross Twin Rivers Chapter Vice-Chair Mae Parker. 

“Issues of race still permeate almost every facet of our lives,” said Butterfield.  “Taking part in an open and honest dialogue about this sensitive topic is the first step toward moving past race and building a community in which peoples’ differences are embraced and not rejected.”

Since 1982, the Search for Common Ground has grown into a leading international non-profit organization that works to facilitate helpful dialogue between diverse groups of people and organizations.  With programs in more than 50 countries, the mission of the organization is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, decision-making, and power.

For the past 20 years The Faith & Politics Institute has worked to engage Members of Congress, congressional staff and their constituents in bipartisan, interfaith dialogues.  Through a series of programs, the organization’s mission is to advance reflective leadership amongst lawmakers to bridge divides that arise in a thriving democracy.

For additional information and/or to RSVP call Jeanné Isler at, (202) 777-2229 or email, nwhalen@sfcg.org.


WHO: Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Search for Common Ground, The Faith & Politics Institute, and invited guests.

WHAT: Congressional Conversation on Race

WHEN: Monday, January 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Booker T. Theater, 170 West Thomas Street, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804