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Annual Dinner Recognizes Violence of Racism, Promotes Equity

Updated: 03/29/2014 10:40 PM
Created: 03/29/2014 9:57 PM WDIO.com

An annual Duluth dinner on Saturday served as a reminder of the dangers of racism.

The seventh annual Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial dinner took place at Greysolon Ballroom. The memorial serves to commemorate the lynching of three African-American men in Duluth in 1920.

Memorial board co-chairman Rogier Gregoire said the purpose of the annual dinner is to remember the violence and segregation racism brought to the Duluth community. He said it's also about righting wrongs.

"It recognizes the generosity and great spirit of the people of Duluth," Gregoire said. "It's easy to just wash these things away, sweep them under the rug. We have a huge memorial that reminds us of the need to be equitable."

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