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The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning is hosting a panel discussion and interactive event on racial reconciliation with the help of the Hickory Racial Justice and Reconciliation Discussion Group.

Five long-standing members of the group will form the panel:

  • Honey Yang Estrada is currently president of the North Carolina Community Health Worker Association. She previously served with Catawba County Public Health as the public health strategist. Her experience is rooted in community health and advocacy, where she champions racial and health equity.
  • Rev. Bill Garrard is a retired United Methodist clergyperson last serving at St. Luke’s in Hickory. With a first career as a master’s level social worker, he has always wanted to build communities of inclusion and diversity.
  • Rev. Reggie Longcrier is the founding pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, the founding executive director of Exodus Homes, and the chaplain of Catawba Correctional Center.
  • Mervin Sealy, Jr., is from Brooklyn but has lived in Greensboro and Georgia before moving to Hickory in 1971. He is currently first vice president of the Hickory Chapter of the NAACP and has served as president for more than 10 years. Sealy owned a screenprinting company until his retirement and is a member and trustee of Morning Star Baptist Church.
  • Thurman Whisnant, chief of police, is a native of Hickory and started his career with Hickory Police Department in 1994. He was appointed to serve in his current role in 2016.

Muralist: James Smith, LA based

  • Jay Robison

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