There are many ongoing conversations about what it means to be American. This Friday, the residents of Oxford, MS will share their hopes and dreams for Oxford, as well as their definition of an American identity through the “Listen To America” road tour.
“This is an opportunity to help showcase what we share as Americans, rather than what divides us. We are stronger when we stand together and we are stronger when we are civil and respectful to one another,” said Mayor Robyn Tannehill. “We need to challenge ourselves to really listen to other viewpoints and work together to understand all perspectives. Everyone wants and deserves to be heard, respected, and valued.”
The tour, fueled by a partnership between the National Institute for Civil Discourse (established after the tragic Tucson shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords) and Huffington Post, is an effort to interview and listen to people across the country. It will build upon the June 2017 US Conference of Mayors call to have all Mayors “United to Revive Civility and Respect.” Community members in 25 diverse cities will have the chance to add their voices and hopes to a national movement to revive civility and respect in public discourse.