Lowell taking a “holistic” look at race relations – Lowell Sun
Eileen Donoghue was sworn in as Lowell’s city manager in 2018, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the Mill City. (SUN/Meg McIntyre)

LOWELL – Top city officials will take a “holistic” look at race relations in the city beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. during a listening session at the Senior Center.

The event will feature City Manager Eileen Donoghue, Police Superintendent Kelly Richardson, School Superintendent Joel Boyd and U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan and other elected officials.

The event, the first of several planned sessions, was prompted by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that has sparked a conversation nationally and here in Lowell about racial justice and equality in America, Donoghue said.

“The City of Lowell is committed to taking meaningful action to promote these ideals and to ensure that Lowell is a place where every person feels safe and welcomed,” Donoghue said. “We believe that this process must start by giving every member of the community an opportunity to be heard.”

The event is scheduled to run to 6 p.m.

The event will be coordinated in a manner that is mindful of social distancing. Those wishing to speak must have registered in advance at lowellma.gov/lowelllistens by Monday, June 22, and must wait outside of the Senior Center prior to their assigned speaking time to avoid event participants from coming into direct contact with one another. Comments should be limited to 2 minutes per speaker. We are also accepting written statements at the registration link for those who are not able to attend in-person.

Residents or interested people will not be allowed inside the venue. The event, however, will be shown live by the Lowell Telecommunication’s Corp.

The discussion will be moderated by George Procope.

“It is our hope that this event will be the first in a series of opportunities for Lowell residents to elevate their voices on these topics as we continue to confront this difficult moment,” Dpnoghue said. “Obviously this issue is bigger than the City of Lowell. But in taking this holistic approach to the issue, it is a positive first step.”