Worcester talks on race confront economic struggles

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WORCESTER – Notions as to why some people of color struggle economically in Worcester abounded Monday at the latest federally facilitated dialogue on race, with solutions somewhat more elusive.

Disparate access to early childhood education, lack of outreach from the business community and lack of connections for young people of color were identified by numerous participants. However, the list of possible solutions was smaller and more varied.

About 170 people attended the sixth of seven planned community sessions on race Monday at Worcester Technical High School. The theme of the evening was economic development, with a number of local business leaders present, including Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Timothy P. Murray.

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