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Posted on: March 3, 2017


The public is invited to attend a diversity potluck and food drive on Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center which is located on 22nd Avenue across from Wal-Mart.

What better way to celebrate the diversity of our growing community than by sharing the foods that remind us of our homes near and far?  The potluck will feature dishes from an array of ethnic and international origins.  Laura Renée Chandler, Ph. D., SDSU Assistant Professor Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religion and Kas Williams, SDSU Program Advisor – African American Programs, will present on Black Lives Matter and the upcoming Town Hall event.  The evening is an opportunity for members of the Brookings community and the SDSU student body to become acquainted.

“Besides enjoying delicious food, the diversity potluck is an excellent way to learn about your fellow Brookings residents and their heritage” said Lawrence Novotny, a member of the Brookings Human Rights Commission, the sponsor of the diversity potluck.  

Those attending are asked to bring a food item (hotdish, salad, bread, or dessert) that is representative of their heritage.  Table service, chicken, coffee, punch and water will be provided.  Additionally, please bring a nonperishable donation for the local food pantry.

One of the main objectives of the Brookings Human Rights Commission is to provide educational programs on diversity that will make Brookings a more welcoming and accepting community.   The Brookings Human Rights Commission also has the responsibility of investigating issues of discrimination as provided by City Ordinance.

For further information contact City Clerk Shari Thornes at (605) 692-6281 or or

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