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A call for unity, action

Cranberry event supports push for racial justice

June 29, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Cranberry Township area residents, religious leaders, township officials and students gather in Community Park on Saturday for a Come Together diversity event which featured speakers from the township, Seneca Valley School District students and community members. There was music and an 8-minute and 46-second moment of silence in honor of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

CRANBERRY TWP — Much like Saturday's sky alternated periods of sun and threatening clouds, the Come Together event at Community Park's Rotary Amphitheater was a study in contrasts.

There was music, a call-and-response interlude and calls to work together to create a diverse community and for people from all walks of life to create and carry on a conversation of inclusiveness.

And the crowd was asked to observe 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence to mark the length of time it took for George Floyd to die under the knee of a Minneapolis policeman.

Staged by the Cranberry Area Diversity Network and the Cranberry Council of Churches with the cooperation with Cranberry Township and the Seneca Valley School District, Come Together was both a call for unity and a call to action, according to its speakers and those in attendance.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appears in Monday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article about the event and the people who attended.

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Eric Freehling

Eric Freehling

Eric was born in Butler and grew up in Winfield Township. He graduated from Knoch High School and later Indiana University of Pa. with a degree in Journalism. After working as a reporter and editor with the Kittanning Leader-Times, he moved to Bloomington, Illinois, where he worked at The Pantagraph newspaper as a copy editor, page designer, reporter and business editor. Freehling later worked at the Houston Chronicle as senior copy editor and the Chicago Tribune as a copy editor on the business desk. He moved back to Pennsylvania in 2010 and joined the Butler Eagle as Community Editor in January 2011.