Athens City building

The Athens City Building. Photo by Sarah Donaldson.

The commitment Athens City Council made over the summer to review city policy under a lens of racial equity is expected to continue in partnership with a local nonprofit.

Councilmember Sarah Grace proposed a resolution (Resolution 10-20) to declare racism as a public health crisis last June that was unanimously approved by council. Grace said that when she introduced the resolution, it was intended to mirror a statewide trend, as many other cities and counties declared racism a health crisis amid a nationwide racial reckoning in the aftermath of several killings of Black people at the hands of law enforcement.

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