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RACE MURDER MOTHER WILL ADDRESS COUNCIL CONFERENCE

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The mother of murdered teenager Anthony Walker will deliver a keynote speech at the South Yorkshire Racial Harassme...
The mother of murdered teenager Anthony Walker will deliver a keynote speech at the South Yorkshire Racial Harassment Forum's second annual conference at Barnsley Town Hall on 21 August.

Mrs Gee Walker, whose son was the victim of racially-motivated attack in Liverpool in 2005, will address more than 100 young people aged between 13 and 20 from the black and ethnic minority community from around South Yorkshire.

The event has the theme 'Racism in South Yorkshire - Solutions from a Young Person's Perspective'. It will be officially opened by Joe Hayward, deputy mayor of Barnsley. There will then be a day of interactive workshops and speeches, including the chance for the ethnic minority representatives to question a panel of local decision makers made up of:

Phil Coppard, chief executive, Barnsley Council

Graham Maxwell, deputy chief constable

Jonathon Crossley-Holland, executive director children and young people's services, Sheffield Council

Sonia Sharpe, executive director children and young people's services, Rotherham Council

Tom Common, community director, Doncaster Council

Heather Harker, chief probation officer, South Yorkshire, and former chairman Criminal Justice Board

The conference aims to help all parties develop action points to address racism throughout the region.

Mr Hayward said: 'Barnsley is delighted to be hosting this event, and is looking forward to building on the success of the first one hosted by Rotherham last year.

'While there are small minorities from a number of cultures determined to force others into their way of thinking, I am proud to see that the youth, the future of South Yorkshire, are coming together and discussing issues with like-minded people from a diverse range of ethnic cultures and backgrounds. I believe this is the way forward for us all, and I am looking forward to hearing their views and ensuring Barnsley plays its part in forging solutions.'

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