Mayor Bill Mutz and former Mayor Gow Fields are among six panelists tonight in the second installment of a series of community conversations about race relations in Lakeland.

The event, Call to Consciousness 2, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Like the first Call to Consciousness event, held June 8, it is coordinated by AL Lewis, a Lakeland native with a law degree from Barry University.

Policing was the focus of the first event and will be discussed tonight, but the focus will move to broader concerns, she said:

“This time we are focusing more on the plans of becoming one Lakeland … We will touch very brief on policing issues but we will talk mostly about other community concerns we’re having and getting our officials’ input and proposing a plan. I will have my audience members ask questions this time.”

The event will be live-streamed on Lewis’ Facebook page so those who cannot attend can view it.

Panelists include:

The city of Lakeland has scheduled a community forum on race relations to be held June 29 at the RP Funding Center’s Youkey Auditorium. City commissioners will hear first from representatives of community organizations and then open the floor to community comments. Attendees will be required to wear masks.

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