OLEAN, NY – Race Unity Circle, a local grassroots organization formed in 2017, will begin its three-part September film series Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St.

The first film scheduled to be shown is “Race – The Power of an Illusion: Part One.” A discussion and light refreshments will follow.

Jil St. Ledger-Roty, a member of Race Unity Circle’s steering committee, explained that the local organization did its first film series during the fall of 2017, and showed all three parts of “Race – The Power of an Illusion.” The local organization, she added, was inspired by a group of the same name that was formed in Poughkeepsie, New York, after problems arose in Ferguson, Missouri, because of the shooting of college-age Michael Brown.

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The second film, “Doctrine of Discovery,” will be shown Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The host that night will be Pete Hill, the All Our Relation’ project director for Native American Community Services.

The film scheduled to be shown Sept. 25, 7 p.m., will be “Race – The Power of an Illusion: Part Three.”

The steering committee for the local circle meets once a month. The circle’s goal is to dispel myths and untruths about race through education, St. Ledger-Roty said.

She added that the organization will be sponsoring more events and programs and will be able to give confirmed dates soon.

 “We hope to have a blanket exercise training at the Olean Meditation Center in October,” St.  Ledger-Roty said.

The films are free and open to the public.

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