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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Diversity Potluck & Food Drive - October 21, 2018

The public is invited to attend a diversity potluck and food drive on Sunday, October 21, 2018, 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. Come eat with us and learn about Brookings’ 2018 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score, a critical measure of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) inclusivity from the Human Rights Campaign, which is the nation‘s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Presented by Lawrence Novotny, Human Rights Commissioner.

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.

“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.  

The mission of the Brookings Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is to improve human relations in the Brookings area by fighting discrimination through education and a complaint resolution procedure. The Commission seeks to protect the rights of and prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their sex, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation, with respect to employment, labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education, public accommodations or public services. The Commission promotes educational activities to make Brookings an inclusive and welcoming community.

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

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