Promoting unity through tough conversations

B'ham City Discussion: From conflict to connection

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham community members spent part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day promoting unity by learning how to have tough conversations.

"If we are going to make Birmingham the really true Magic City that it can be, we really have to have those diverse conversations regardless of how tough they can be,” said Patrick Packer, one of discussions co-leaders.

Promoting productive dialogue was the center piece of the program at the Boutwell Auditorium. People learned how to engage with one another and how to talk in a way that promotes understanding and tolerance.

“We know that Birmingham is a really diverse city, and we really have to skills to have really tough conversations sometimes,” said Packer.

“What we’re seeing here is very productive,” said Mayor Randall Woodfin. “What we see publicly with people putting the flag in the ground and saying this is how I feel about it, I don’t care about how anybody else feels about it, that’s not always healthy.”

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