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Watch: ‘The Path Forward – Fearless Conversations About Race'

In June 2020, in the wake of George Floyd's murder, NBC 5 began moderating virtual conversations with panelists to discuss race in Chicago and how Chicagoans can work together to make real change. These discussions were so engaging and so powerful, we kept doing them -- and will continue to do so!

Listen to past conversations below!

During this segment of The Path Forward, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about policing in America, whether policing policies are working and what needs to change.

During this segment of The Path Forward, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about policing in America, whether policing policies are working and what needs to change.

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During this segment of The Path Forward, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about what racism looks like in the art world.

During this segment of The Path Forward, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about what racism looks like in the art world.

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Which historic statues in Chicago should stay and which should go? Meet the group tasked with making the delicate recommendations to city leaders.

Which historic statues in Chicago should stay and which should go? Meet the group tasked with making the delicate recommendations to city leaders.

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Does your family hold the keys to addressing gun violence in Chicago? During this segment of The Path Forward, a local group shares with NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter a list of recommendations for households who want to make a change.

Does your family hold the keys to addressing gun violence in Chicago? During this segment of The Path Forward, a local group shares with NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter a list of recommendations for households who want to make a change.

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During this segment of The Path Forward, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter looks at the recent uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes and what Chicago-area leaders are doing to help quell fears in the Asian American community.

During this segment of The Path Forward, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter looks at the recent uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes and what Chicago-area leaders are doing to help quell fears in the Asian American community.

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In this episode of "The Path Forward," NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about Black maternal health disparities and what is being done to create change.

In this episode of "The Path Forward," NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about Black maternal health disparities and what is being done to create change.

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In this episode, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, also known as The Money Coach, about the historical roots of economic violence and what needs to be done to reduce financial inequities among Black and brown people.

In this episode of "The Path Forward," NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, also known as The Money Coach, about the historical roots of economic violence and what needs to be done to reduce financial inequities among Black and brown people.

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In this episode, hear how the disability culture movement is speaking up against discrimination with the support of community allies.

In this episode of "The Path Forward," NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about race and how it relates to people with disabilities.

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The Chicago History Museum is partnering with The Association of Latinos and Latinas Motivating Action to uncover the impact of the pandemic on the LatinX LGBTQ community.  

The Chicago History Museum is partnering with The Association of Latinos and Latinas Motivating Action to uncover the impact of the pandemic on the LatinX LGBTQ community.  

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Panelists from the TRHT Youth Institute, Southeast Youth Alliance, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and GoodKids MadCity talk with NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter about Chicago's youth movement, the issues they are concerned about and those they are working on.

Panelists from the TRHT Youth Institute, Southeast Youth Alliance, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and GoodKids MadCity talk with NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter about Chicago’s youth movement, the issues they are concerned about and those they are working on.

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During this segment of The Path Forward, we talk about unconscious bias -- what is it and how to overcome it. 

During this segment of The Path Forward, we talk about unconscious bias -- what is it and how to overcome it.

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Two teens who documented and wrote about protests in the wake of George Floyd's death for True Star Media share their side of the story about the racial awakening that’s happening in society today.

In this edition of "The Path Forward," NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with two teens who documented and wrote about protests in the wake of George Floyd's death for True Star Media. They share their side of the story about the racial awakening that’s happening in society today.

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Panelists talk about the war on drugs and how it has had a disproportionately negative impact on Black and Brown communities, as well as how convictions are expunged now that marijuana is legal in many states like Illinois.

In this edition of "The Path Forward," NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists about how the war on drugs has had a disproportionately negative impact on Black and Brown communities, and how convictions are expunged now that marijuana is legal in many states like Illinois.

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Panelists from Life After Hate, founded by former white supremacists who want to help others leave white supremacy, talk about the program's outreach, consulting, interventions and support systems for individuals who have successfully disengaged from violent extremism.

In this edition of "The Path Forward," NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with panelists from an organization called Life After Hate, founded by former white supremacists who want to help others leave white supremacy.

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Three of the founders of The Nova Collective, a Chicago Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion training, discusses why training is important for employees, what to do if you think your company should be doing more to address these issues and why the pandemic is a good time to do so.

In this edition of "The Path Forward," three founders of a Chicago human resources consulting firm talk about the impact of racism on diversity, inclusion and representation in the workplace.

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Members of an artist-led, Chicago-based non-profit called Alt Space Chicago discuss revitalizing communities that have been historically ignored and still lack much needed resources to thrive.

In the seventh edition of “The Path Forward,” LeeAnn Trotter talks to three talented young artists artists who figured out a way to use their talent and creativity to heal some of the trauma that many of our Black and brown communities have been dealing with for decades.

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The artistic team behind Timeline Theatre’s production of "Relentless," a play that explores how our current world situation significantly mirrors historical events, talks about issues of racial equality and justice, the Black Victorians, family, legacy and progress.

In the sixth edition of "The Path Forward," LeeAnn Trotter talks to the artistic team behind Timeline Theatre’s production of "Relentless," a play that explores how our current world situation significantly mirrors historical events.

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These leaders of major foundations in Chicago formed the group, Women of Color (WOC, pronounced "woke"), which issued a statement in the wake of racial unrest this year. Each of the panelists shares how their lives have been impacted by racism.

In the fifth edition of “The Path Forward,” women of color who lead major foundations in Chicago share how their lives have been impacted by racism.

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In this discussion, NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter talks with two men who say they were unfairly targeted by police while riding their bikes in their neighborhoods. The panel also talks about how Chicago residents can have a voice on the very important issues surrounding Black and Brown people interacting with police officials.

In the fourth edition of "The Path Forward," panelists talk about ways Chicago residents can have a voice on the very important issues surrounding Black and Brown people interacting with police officials.

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The team at Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation shared their personal stories on race and systemic racism and how reckoning with our collective past can bring healing.

The team at Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation shares their personal stories on race and systemic racism and how reckoning with our collective past can bring healing.

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Nick Cave and Bob Faust, artists and life partners, speak about how the killing of George Floyd affected them differently due to their backgrounds. 

Their personal stories help provide an opportunity for a heartfelt discussion on race, as Kim Fountain, chief administrative officer at Center on Halsted, weighs in on the discussion.

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter moderates “The Path Forward: Personal Stories About Race and How We Can Make A Difference," a discussion with artists and life partners Nick Cave and Bob Faust and Center on Halsted Chief Administrative Officer Kim Fountain.

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Panelists John Rogers of Ariel Investments, Melinda Kelly of the Chatham Business Association and Bishop Simon Gordon of Triedstone Church of God discussed race, protests and how we can work together to make real change in the Chicago area.

Panelists John Rogers of Ariel Investments, Melinda Kelly of the Chatham Business Association and Bishop Simon Gordon of Triedstone Church of God discuss race, protests and how we can work together to make real change in the Chicago area.
Panelists John Rogers of Ariel Investments, Melinda Kelly of the Chatham Business Association and Bishop Simon Gordon of Triedstone Church of God discuss race, protests and how we can work together to make real change in the Chicago area.
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