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Essence Fest's day programs to address nation's civil unrest

1 year 5 months 1 week ago May 16, 2015 May 16, 2015 Saturday, May 16 2015 May 16, 2015 10:34 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Essence Festival organizers are reminding fans that they're not just coming to New Orleans to party.

In response to the civil unrest following police shootings around the country, the 2015 festival has announced a slate of programming and a "Peace, Prayer & Purpose Rally" to bring conversations resulting from that unrest to life.

Essence President Michelle Ebanks tells The Associated Press that unrest is a community issue that impacts the magazine's audience deeply. She says the festival hopes to shed light on issues including systemic inequalities and disparities with respect to police brutality, employment, health and other areas. She says organizers hope to "address the pain and explore solutions" during the festival and culminate with the rally.

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