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One local organization is seeking to address bringing people together regardless of race and to bring reconciliation and healing to Tuscaloosa and West Alabama.

The Building Bridges Institute for Racial Reconciliation has earned a competitive $10,000 competitive Major Grant Alabama Humanities Recovery Grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance. This award will help make possible a Symposium “Afternoon Reflections” for a new and innovative program to address racial reconciliation.     

The Building Bridges Institute for Racial Reconciliation is excited to co-host with the Alabama Humanities Alliance this powerful and impactful event called "Afternoon Reflections," Saturday, July 15, 2023, from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 620 Greensboro Ave Downtown Tuscaloosa. 

We invite you to join us as we come together to foster understanding, compassion, and unity in our community. This symposium aims to address the important issues surrounding racial inequality and create an open space for constructive conversations. In addition, we have an amazing lineup of speakers and thought-provoking panel discussions planned. 

Building Bridges Institute for Racial Reconciliation has a vision to unite our wonderful city around Racial Reconciliation. This symposium will feature a keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Tyshawn Gardner, who serves as a Fellow for Building Bridges Institute. After an intermission with refreshments provided by Urban Bar and Kitchen as well as music provided by the Alabama Blues Project, we will hear from five panelists, moderated by COL James E. Granger (U.S. Army Retired). Panelists include Dr. Jessy Ohl, Dr. Hee Yun Lee, Mrs. Ruby Simon, Mrs. Julia Sosa, and Rev. Dr. Thaddeus Steele. These community members will give their perspective on what racial reconciliation would mean for Tuscaloosa.

The final hour will consist of a question-and-answer period and discussion.  “It is vital that we all communicate as one with the same language and understanding of how to move forward. The time is now for transforming ideas and conversations into plans of action,” Carol Caffee, BBI4RR founder, President and CEO, explains. 

The event is free and open to the public. But due to limited seating, please register at This will be a spectacular event for Tuscaloosa to come together. 

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