- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A prominent educator says religion can help transcend racial barriers in Mississippi.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1WQymo0 ) that Delta State University President Bill LaForge spoke to more than 1,000 people Wednesday at the Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon in Greenville.

LaForge says Delta State holds an annual race relations conference. He says he is urging people to get out of their comfort zones and to work on racial harmony in their communities.

Religion can help improve race relations in Mississippi if people get out of their comfort zones to try to transcend barriers, Delta State University President Bill LaForge says.

LaForge spoke to more than 1,000 people Wednesday at the fifth annual Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon in Greenville, The Delta Democrat-Times reported (http://bit.ly/1WQymo0).

He said with society facing issues of racial equality and social justice, Delta State a few years ago started a race relations conference that takes places every spring.

“We are also engaging cities like Greenville and others around the Delta in discussions through that process. And they are leading to better understanding and a removal of barriers to getting along,” LaForge said. “We are bringing communities and people together, not just to talk but to lead and to act - to make the Delta a better place to live and work and to raise our families.”

LaForge said people of goodwill and faith have a responsibility to work for change.

“I ask all of us, as you search your heart,” he said. “What positive and affirmative things can you do to facilitate better understanding and improved racial harmony in this community? And what things can you stop doing, can we all stop doing to help us reach that same goal?”

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

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