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Swine Palace, Leadership Greater Baton Rouge to Present “Race & Gravy” Community Discussion April 5

03/29/2012 04:09 PM

BATON ROUGE – Swine Palace will join with Leadership Greater Baton Rouge to host a community discussion event on Thursday, April 5, addressing topics such as education, criminal justice, race and a common desire to move Baton Rouge forward.


The event is being held as part of Leadership Greater Baton Rouge Alumni’s “Race & Gravy” program. A reception beginning at 6 p.m. will precede the event, followed immediately by the forum at 7 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will be held in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building’s Studio Theatre.


“Race & Gravy” is designed to encourage residents of different races and ethnic backgrounds to enjoy a meal together in a comfortable home setting. Participants enjoy a simple dinner with new friends while discussing issues that are important to the growth of our community. At the forum event, community members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about these topics in an intimate setting.


This forum comes on the heels of Swine Palace’s production of “The Brother’s Size,” a play that tackles many current societal issues. During the production’s run, community talkback sessions were held after performances so that people could discuss the topics addressed in the play.


Speakers at the forum event include Leadership Greater Baton Rouge’s Willie Johnson; Judge Kathleen Stewart Richey; Dennis Blunt, an attorney with Phelps Dunbar; and Michael Tipton, executive director for Teach for America. The discussion will be facilitated by the YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge’s Dialogue on Race.


Swine Palace is a non-profit, professional Equity theatre company supporting the educational mission of LSU Theatre. Over the course of 20 seasons, Swine Palace has produced more than 72 professional productions, including, world, regional and national premieres in which Louisiana native and/or trained talent was featured prominently. Swine Palace was the recipient of the YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge’s 13th annual Racial Justice Award and the Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Large Arts Organization.

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