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Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative to form steering council

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In 2019, the Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative was formed to support the creation of a memorial for three Wicomico County lynching victims.

Now, over two months after the memorial was unveiled, the initiative is looking ahead — with plans to form a steering council.

James Yamakawa, head of the Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative, said the steering council will aim to educate the community about the history of racism in Wicomico County and seek to move the community forward.

“History is very intimately connected with what’s going on today in our country,” Yamakawa said. “Forming the steering council is a way of trying to get people to take ownership of this history, but also see how we want to go forward and what we want to focus on next.”

James Yamakawa, Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative, gives background on "Silent No More" Saturday, May 22, 2021,  in downtown Salisbury, Maryland. The event honors Garfield King, Matthew Williams and an unknown man who were lynched in Salisbury.

Plans for the council are in their first stages. Yamakawa said he’s currently gauging how many people would like to participate in the council.

If there is enough community interest, Yamakawa hopes to form a “core group” of the council by early fall. Yamakawa, who is Asian and white, said it is important that the council is representative of Wicomico County’s Black community.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service