Powell organized and hosted the forum in hopes of shedding some light on a problem in his community.
And those in attendance heard firsthand accounts of racism in those neighborhoods, work places and schools.
As tears fell down her cheeks,as Kaia Dean, a rising senior at Cranberry High School, told of hurtful things she has had to endure her whole life.
She invited the audience to ask questions and stressed the importance of asking difficult questions in order to learn and grow.
She discussed the protests around the globe after the death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. She didn't shy away from discussing the riots that have broken out during the protests.
"You may ask 'Why are we here today; these things have not occurred in Venango County?' For that I say praise God," she said while emphasizing that racism still exists here.
She said she doesn't condone the violence or rioting, but did admit she can understand why it happens given the frustrations within the Black community that is still dealing with these issues after all these years.
She also called upon members of the audience to share their experiences of racism as those from the panel did as well.
Adams-King took the question seriously agreeing that all lives do matter, but explained the intent behind Black Lives Matter isn't to diminish the importance of any life, but to emphasize that Black lives haven't mattered to some and that is a reason so many acts of racism continue to exist.
The hour long discussion ended with attendees taking away stories of incidents they didn't know where going on in their backyards.
At one point Adams-King asked the audience for a show of hands of those who were surprised to hear the stories. When only about a third of the hands raised she said that's not enough hands as the the stories should surprise everyone.
She concluded by mentioning that she would've liked break into work groups to formulate possible solutions to the questions raised, but the social-distancing and time constraints of many made that prohibitive. She hoped the discussions didn't end at the end of the hour-long forum.