ATLANTA - Dozens of people attended the Come Meet A Black Person networking event that had raised eyebrows on social media since it was announced “Oh my God, it was much better than I could have ever expected,” said Cheryle Moses, who organized it and joined us on Friday. “It was a success!”
Moses told us that the event was designed to encourage strangers to build friendships with people of different races. She said the majority of the attendees were black and six of those who came were white.
Moses, who is also the founder of Urban Mediamakers, said that she got the idea of the event after seeing the results of a study regarding friendship.
The results of the study, she said, showed 75 percent of white people in America don't have any non-white friends and 65 percent of black people don't have any white friends,
"I said, well, if whites don't have any black friends, let me invite them to come meet a black person," Moses said when she spoke to us on Thursday prior to the event. "I wanted do something to speak to the divisiveness and all of the racism and killings that are going on. I pushed it and this is what happened."
Moses said she didn't put much thought into the title. "I typed it and push it. Woke up the next morning and it's viral," she said.
We're throwing a social with @BlkGwinnett! Non-black people are invited to put aside preconceived notions about the black community & bring an open mind to "Come Meet A Black Person" Networking Event, Thursday, Nov. 16, 5-7p in Lawrenceville, GA https://t.co/lzCSD2MJ6t pic.twitter.com/sN2CYaTTUM— Urban Mediamakers (@UMFF) November 13, 2017
The goal of 'Come Meet A Black Person' is to build friendships, Moses said. "If you're my friend, you are concerned with my well-being, you want the best for me. If we disagree on something, we disagree but at the end of the day we love each other," she explained. "For a person who does not have a non-white person in their life, they're totally clueless to the person the lifestyle any of that."
"If you're my friend, you're more likely to think of me as being your equal. You're not going to think of me of being less than. So the only way to do that is to have a conversation one-on-one, " Moses said.
"You cannot legislate a person's heart!" she said. "If I can do anything, I can definitely get to you if you're in front of me and I can touch you!"
About 50 people in total participated.