Newsmakers: Brooklyn Park’s Marcellus Davis Talks Racial Reconciliation
Brooklyn Park hired Dr. Marcellus Davis as the city’s first Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion manager.
“I’ve learned we are thriving as a community and are trying to eliminate any barriers to create all opportunities for our residents,” said Davis. “There is a demographic shift in our community and for many, that is an opportunity.”
Davis provides strategic leadership and collaborates with city leaders and staff to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion. His role is to engage with city leadership on strategies to eliminate Brooklyn Park’s racial and place-based disparities.
“We have been experiencing a lot of hurt and a lot of racially charged trauma,” said Davis. “So putting together opportunities to support communities and individuals with how to reconcile racial trauma is work. I want to be clear this is not something that is Baskin Robbins, 31 flavors of the month, rather, but something that is sustained over time. It will take time for us to heal from all that we’ve been enduring.”
Brooklyn Park has this webpage providing more information on Black History Month. They also have events coming up, like Winterfest on Feb. 12 and a Black History Month Showcase on Feb. 25.