Discussion to focus on life of local civil rights leader

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An upcoming discussion will focus on a local civil rights leader.

The event, called Celebrating the Bridge Builders, will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Vinegar Hill Theater, beginning with a free screening of Larry Garretson's documentary "Working for a Better Day," about the life of Drewary Brown.

Brown was a civil rights leader in Virginia who lived and worked in Charlottesville.

The panel discussion will involve men and women who have been recognized for their work in the city to bridge divides in the community, including Eugene Williams, Teresa Walker-Price, Betz Gleason and John Conover.

Former Charlottesville Mayor Kay Slaughter will also be at the event to unveil her new book, which includes stories of these Bridge Builders.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Foundation, Preservation Piedmont, Light House Studio, and the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.

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