Rep. Himes to hold race relations forum

Connecticut representative Jim Himes. (AP Photo)

DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is hosting a public forum to discuss the current state of race relations in the United States.

The Connecticut Democrat says the recent killings across the country of civilians and police officers have highlighted the nation’s racial tensions and “the gulfs in our understanding of each other.”

Monday’s forum is scheduled to be held at the Darien Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Panelists will include religious leaders, the deputy police chief from Norwalk and a Quinnipiac University political science professor.

Himes says he hopes to use it as a jumping off point to have a broader discussion on race, as well as the groups driving the national discourse, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

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