SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin High School student liaison to the Franklin Township Board of Education, Jerijah McCray will host a panel discussion titled "Black America: Then and Now" at the Franklin Township Public Library, Feb. 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

"The event is to also bring like-minded people together to discuss how we can advance race relations in New Jersey, and gain the engagement of young people in the process," McCray said. 

Franklin Township's Deputy Mayor, Shanel Robinson will be the keynote speaker. Mayor Phillip Kramer will be one of the panel's members. 

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McCray has also invited other local, county and state elected officials, in addition to members of the Black Caucus and NAACP New Brunswick chapter to participate in the event. 

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During the panel, participants will discuss current economic, social, and political, issues impacting the community. The event will conclude with an open discussion on how attendees can create an action plan for the future. 

"We would be remiss if we didn't seize the opportunity to use Black History Month as a point of a reminder of how far we have advanced, and how we can create a new framework for Generation Z," McCray said. 

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