John Mason covered "The State of the Community" forum at Shiloh Baptist Church last night, organized by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center, and reports on it in today's Register-Star: "County's disparity, lack of inclusion seen in Justice Center forum."
One of the speakers at the forum--the only speaker, it would seem from the report, who was not African-American--was former Hudson politician Dan Grandinetti. His participation in the forum seems to be another hint that he may be interested in making a political comeback in Hudson. Grandinetti criticized county government for its lack of African-American employees, concluding "I'm not sure Columbia County heard about the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s." He also criticized the Hudson City School District, making the statement that "White privilege is a problem in the school district."
By an interesting coincidence, at the same time the forum was happening in Hudson last night, there was a fundraiser going on at the Red Barn in Ghent. The party, which was given by Chris Jones and Susan Simon, both mentors in the Hudson Reads program at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, brought together mentors and supporters of the program which exists to improve students' reading and academic skills and to build their confidence and self-esteem. The $25 donation from each person present at the well-attended event will go directly to a financially disadvantaged child in the Hudson City School District to enable the child to purchase books at the upcoming Hudson Children's Book Festival.