Anti-Racism Event Set After Brainerd Assault

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — An anti-racism event has been moved up several weeks to this weekend in Baxter after a black man was beaten in an alleged racial attack Feb. 6.

The free workshop on Saturday is in response to the beating of 53-year-old Willie Navy, who says one white man called him the N-word in a Brainerd bar and another knocked him out.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northland Northland Arboretum. Its sponsors include the First Congregational United Church of Christ, led by the Rev. Deborah Celley.

She tells the Brainerd Dispatch the workshop will be geared to people who never considered that racism could be a problem in their area.

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