Keisha Lance Bottoms, Stacey Abrams to be part of 2-night town hall on racism hosted by Oprah


Amid the nationwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, TV mogul Oprah Winfrey is planning to host a two-night town hall on her network, OWN, and it will feature two well-known Atlantans.

“OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?” will air June 9 and 10 at 9 p.m., where Winfrey will speak “directly with a range of black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America,” a news release about the event said.

Among the guest speakers is Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

“I’ve been having private conversations with friends and thought leaders about what’s next and where we go from here,” Winfrey said. “I thought it would be both of interest and service to bring their ideas, concerns and comments into a national spotlight.”

Others include journalist Charles M. Blow, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Stanford professor and author Jennifer Eberhardt, journalist and founder of the “1619 Project” Nikole Hannah-Jones, historian and author Ibram Kendi, actor David Oyelowo (best known for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma”), Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson and NAACP national board member Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

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