Human Relations Commission

 

    Duties of the Commission

It shall be the duty of the Human Relations Commission to:

  • Seek solutions in the area of human relations, whether actual or potential.
  • Promote equal opportunity for all citizens without regard to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
  • Promote understanding, respect and goodwill among all citizens.
  • Provide channels of communication between the various racial, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups within the city.
  • Provide channels of communication between all citizens of the city and the city government.

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Functions of the Commission

In order to carry out these duties the Human Relations Commission seeks to:

  • Foster better relations human relations within the City of Wilson.
  • Provide open channels of communication between:
    • city government and minority groups
    • between minority groups and the various civic, social and religious groups (in the City of Wilson) and
    • to foster better interagency relations between the various agencies in the City of Wilson.
  • Provide a public forum to hear concerns involving racial tension; to bring together the parties involved to discuss the facts and to assist in the resolution of such complaints.
  • Promote equitable and proportionate representation of all racial and ethnic groups on public boards and agencies in the City of Wilson.
  • Conduct educational programs, institutes and forums that address cross-cultural issues.
  • The 12-member commission is appointed by City Council. The volunteers who serve are appointed for terms of three years. The Commission meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 6:00 PM in the Administrative Conference Room in the City Hall Annex.

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Members of the Commission

  1. Dave Allgood
  2. Myra Artis
  3. Alma Ruth Perry-Battle
  4. Johnathan Brunson
  5. Peggy Carr
  6. Tom Curran
  7. Wendy Ferguson
  8. Lori Hines Jones
  9. Cynthia Diane Jones
  10. Darnell Thoms 
  11. Larnell Thoms
  12. (vacant) 

 

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Events

  • Sponsors the annual 1st Fridays on the Lawn community concert series designed to bring diverse populations together for fun and fellowship. Each concerts has a Community Initiative that helps citizens learn more about Wilson. These free concerts are held the first Friday of July, August, September and October on the Wilson County Library lawn.
  • Facilitated the annual joint meeting of the Human Relations Commission and the Wilson Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Officers and members of the two boards subcommittees are elected.  
  • Helps organize the Annual Humanitarian Banquet was held each year during Human Relations Month in February at the  Darden Alumni Center . Nearly 200 persons attended the event. The Commission honors businesses, organizations and individuals that have contributed significantly to improving human relations in the City of Wilson.
  • Assists the Wilson Youth Council in planning their community service projects throughout the year and attends state youth conferences with the council delegates. 
  • Involved in the efforts to help the City of Wilson acquire All America City recognition.
  • Member of the Task Force that secured Harris Sussman, Ph.D. to facilitate Human Diversity initiative for City of Wilson employees.
  • Facilitated a review if the 1997 One Wilson recommendations.
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