The town hall will be moderated by "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir and held in Washington D.C. It will focus on candid discussions on race relations, justice, policing and equality by the members of the community. ESPN's Jemele Hill will join Muir.
The one-hour event will come just days after President Obama attended a Dallas memorial for five police officers shot dead last week by a sniper. It also comes after two black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota -- controversial shootings that sparked a wave of protests.
"We turn on the TV or surf the internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners," Obama said today during the memorial. "We see all this, and it's hard not to think sometimes that the center won't hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. ... I'm here to say we must reject such despair. I'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America."
A host of people whose careers and lives have been affected by the issue will be attending. Guests include:
- Reverend Traci Blackmon, a pastor in Ferguson
- Michelle Carlino-Webster, widow of Officer Dan Webster and Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy
- Pei Xia Chen, widow of Officer Wenjian Liu
- Patrisse Cullors, Rasheen Aldridge Jr, Clifton Kenya and DeRay Mckesson, Black Lives Matter leaders
- Andy Dwyer, retired NYPD police officer and brother of Officer Anthony Dwyer
- Edward Flynn, Milwaukee Police Chief
- Erica Garner and Emery Snipes, daughter and son of Eric Garner
- Timothy George and Teri George, Baltimore officer and mother
- Toya Graham and Michael Singleton, Baltimore mom who pulled son out of the unrest after Freddie Gray protests
- Ralph Godbee, former Detroit police chief
- Nakia Jones, Cleveland police officer
- Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown
- John Minster, DePaul University student
- Delrish Moss, police chief of Ferguson
- Dan Patrick, lieutenant governor of Texas
- Jennifer, Eliana and Malana Pinckney, widow and children of Reverend Clementa Pinckney
- Maritza Ramos, widow of Detective Rafael Ramos
- Diamond Reynolds, widow of Philando Castile
- Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, Emanuel AME Church shooting survivors
- Karen Sharpe, mother of Officer Michael Slager
- Cameron Sterling and Quinyetta McMillon, son and mother of Alton Sterling
The town hall is set to air Thursday at 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT and will be simulcast commercial-free on ABC, ESPN, and Freeform. You can also watch the town hall on ABCNews.com, Freeform Digital, Watch ABC, Watch ESPN, Yahoo, ABC News' Facebook page and YouTube channel as well as ABC Radio at 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT.
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