Final panel in series on black issues June 17

RED BANK — A local author will lead the third and final panel discussion organized by a soon-to-be Red Bank Regional (RBR) High School graduate.

Phillip Thomas Duck, author of “Playing with Destiny,” which explores issues of family and fatherhood in the African-American community, will head the panel , which was organized by RBR senior Jacquelin Bingham as a way to get some of her questions answered.

This panel discussion will focus on the role of African-American men as fathers, and is titled “Where Are Our Fathers?”

“Children in the black community are suffering,” the press release for the discussion states. “As Father’s Day approaches, who are these children saluting and celebrating on this day? How has the lack of fathers in the home affected the academic achievement of black children?”

The first two discussions centered on education and AIDS/HIV in African-American communities, and took place at the Bates Lodge on Shrewsbury Avenue.

The final discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place at River Street Commons, located at 49 Catherine St.

Refreshments will be served from 6-7 p.m. and the discussion will take place from 7-9 p.m.

Duck will sign copies of his book following the discussion.

Seating is limited, and those who plan to attend should contact Gilda Rogers at (732) 747-5017.