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Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:27am

Racial Reconciliation Conference In Newnan

The Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation is holding its national conference this weekend in Newnan.

The group includes several organizations from the Deep South seeking to bring understanding between the races and a recognition of the costs of prejudice.

Dr. Suzanne Minarcine is organizing the gathering. She says the Trayvon Martin case in Florida shows that racial profiling continues in America.

Minarcine says the only way to get past it is to continue talking about prejudice and its impacts.

“I think we have success here in Newnan with our organization Come To The Table, which was a dialog group. Columbus, Georgia has had a lot of success with One Columbus, which was started by a group of ministers.”

On Sunday conference members will hold a march in memory of Sam Hose, who was lynched in Newnan in April of 1899, and Alfred Cranford, who was killed by Hose.

They will also remember Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager killed last month by a neighborhood watchman.