Cleveland civic group focusing on race relations

CLEVELAND (AP) - A civic group known for its work behind the scenes on racial issues and promoting diversity in the workplace plans a more vocal approach.
The idea is to confront race-related problems, said Danny
Williams, the Greater Cleveland Roundtable's executive director.
A series starting Tuesday at the City Club will push the
Roundtable's goal of shaping an inclusive society which invites participation from all racial and ethnic groups.
Williams, a Cleveland lawyer, arrived at the Roundtable less than a year ago from the executive ranks of the American Cancer Society. He said he would lead the organization in bold directions.
The Roundtable was founded in 1982. Its members come from the executive ranks of the city's leading businesses, schools and civic organizations.
The Roundtable's 60-member board of directors recently adopted a new strategy designed to lead the community toward constructive change through discussion and training.
"We'll start with a series of meetings that will take the
Roundtable out into the community," Williams said. "We're sort of setting the table for those in the community who want to be change agents."
The event scheduled Tuesday features two men influential in
shaping the nation's civil rights policy as a backdrop to the U.S. Supreme Court review of affirmative action admissions policies at the University of Michigan.
They are Peter Kirsanow, a Republican, who was appointed to the eight-member U.S. Civil Rights Commission by President Bush, and Christopher Edley Jr., a Democrat, who was appointed to the commission during the Clinton administration.
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