The Sumter (South Carolina) Item premiered the first installment of Community Conversations last Friday on Facebook Watch with a conversation among six Sumterites sharing their thoughts on what it means to be Black in Sumter and in America. The video is posted on The Sumter Item's Facebook page and website for anyone to view.
The six panelists gathered — with social distancing at the Sumter Opera House — to talk about their experiences and thoughts about being Black, what that means to them and what they hope for the Sumter community and nation moving forward.
"This is a moment we can't let slip away," the paper stated on its Facebook page. "We can be a platform for members of the community who want to come together to learn and grow. We can elevate important voices that can initiate a conversation that leads to action. That's our hope."
The Sumter Items plans for this to become a recurring series that addresses topics of community concern and relevant current events and how they impact the local community.