As protests and riots stretch across the country, the City of Athens has announced an attempt to bring people together.

On Thursday, June 11, the city will host the Conversation on Race and Community Event at 5 p.m. at Cook Park.

"All voices that wish to be heard about how our community comes together better in the wake of this past week's tragic events are asked to peacefully assemble at Cook Park on June 11 at 5 p.m. for a Conversation on Race and Community," stated a news release from the city.

"The strength of our community lies in our closeness to one another," City Manager C. Seth Sumner said. "The spirit of the Friendly City is a spirit of love and understanding, but we need to see each other face to face and hear each other so that we can work together to prevent further tragedies from occurring."

See more about the community event in Wednesday's edition of The Daily Post-Athenian.

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