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The Rev. Traci Blackmon

The Rev. Traci Blackmon

From the Following up : People, places and ideas from Ferguson series
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The pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ was thrust into the Ferguson limelight almost immediately.

As both a person of faith and a member of the Ferguson Commission, Blackmon has advocated for police reform and insisted on continuing often uncomfortable conversations on race. Along the way, she has been afforded unique opportunities, including a recent visit to the Vatican and a meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Blackmon believes some progress has been made but says there's a lot of work left to do.

“We're still thinking of stadiums before we think about schools," Blackmon said. "We still have a city that won't expand Medicaid, so people can have basic health care insurance. We're still fighting over whether the minimum wage should be raised or not. And we're still unfairly and unjustly targeting and criminalizing people of color. Those things have not changed.”

— Lilly Fowler

SEE photos from Hillary Clinton's visit to North County for a community forum

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