SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting Thursday morning, more than 500 people will gather in downtown Springfield to discuss education, housing and income inequality problems here in western Massachusetts.
The annual Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Local and state leaders will talk about ways to eliminate racial discrimination.
22News spoke with one of the organizers of the conference. According to Chairwoman Jamie Williamson of the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination, “Where are the cracks in the veneer and what do we need to do to fill those cracks so that we make sure that people in the Commonwealth and throughout New England have all the services that they need to have to ensure a rich and vibrant life.
The two-day conference will feature U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree.
The event begins at 9 o’clock Thursday morning at the Springfield Marriott.