The City of Longview’s Unity & Diversity Committee is hosting a series of summer readings of inclusive children’s books as part of the organization’s mission of promoting unity, diversity, and inclusion. Videos of the readings by local leaders air live on UDC’s Facebook page July 16, 23, and 30.
Officer Misty Ryan, Police Area Representative Beat 20, read the picture book Right Now, I Am Kind by Daniela Owen and Gülce Baycik earlier this month. The video is still available on Facebook.
UDC encourages participation and comments from local families on each video. Other books featured in the series include I’m New Here, All Are Welcome, Cerca Close, Binny’s Diwali, I’m Like You You’re Like Me, and Hello Goodbye Dog.
UDC also hosts an annual Unity Honors Luncheon recognizing individuals whose leadership promotes unity, understanding, and social justice. Unity Honors recipients at the June 2021 luncheon are Carroll Greenwaldt and ShaLonda Adams. The organization also sponsors the “Diversity in America” stage at the city’s annual Firework and Freedom Celebration in July.
In 1995 the city’s Partners in Prevention task force created the Race Relations Committee to address racial prejudices, create a platform for dialogue, and develop racial harmony in the community. Longview’s citizens have since embraced the program and its goal of creating fair treatment for all members of society.
Two of the UDC’s initiatives are The Longview Pledge and the city's Workforce Diversity Plan. In 2012, the Race Relations Committee created a strategic plan and adopted the organization’s current name.
UDC Meetings are held at noon the first Monday of each month at Longview Public Library, 222 W. Cotton St. The September 2021 meeting occurs the second Monday of the month due to the Labor Day Holiday. Click HERE to learn more about the Longview UDC or visit on Facebook.