“Talking Across the Gap” coming to Medford

The Dr. James Still Center and Medford Leas Diversity Committee will be presenting the discussion about race.

A recent poll showed that distrust and communication between races in America is higher than ever. To help bridge that chasm, the Dr. James Still Center and Medford Leas Diversity Committee will be presenting “Talking Across the Gap,” a discussion of race, on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Registration and coffee will begin at 9 a.m., with the discussion starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Holly Room at Medford Leas, located on Route 70. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome.

The discussion will be structured, with participants responding to three questions: what are the barriers to understanding, what assumptions do we make about each other and what are some possible solutions? Participants will be seated in small groups at round tables.

Following the discussion at 11 a.m. Samuel Still, a three-times great nephew of Dr. James Still, will present a talk on the Still family history and its impact on Southern New Jersey. His talk will be held in the theater at Medford Leas and is offered free of charge.

Participants may attend the discussion at 9 a.m., the talk at 11 a.m. or both. For more information, please call Janet at (609) 654–6485. Upon entering Medford Leas, participants should follow the signs for event parking, enter the arts and social wing and take the elevator to the second floor.

Dr. Still, an herbalist, lived in Medford and was known as the “Black Doctor of the Pines.” He documented his legacy in an autobiography, “Early Life and Recollections of Dr. James Still.” Additionally, his youngest brother, William Still, was a renowned abolitionist and author of The Underground Railroad.