[UPDATE] Summit on "Status of the Black Male"

By: Leon County Press Release
By: Leon County Press Release

[UPDATE] 6-16 6pm -

Leon County and city commissioners, community activists, preachers, and parents came together Thursday to figure out how to work together to keep more young people from dying.

Tallahassee Community Center Supervisor Greg Grady reflects on Maricus Deshazier. He was shot and killed outside of Walker-Ford Community Center May 7th.

That's just one of three murders just weeks apart, sparking Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox to hold the "Summit on the Status of the Black Male."

Tallahassee City Commissioner Nancy Miller says, "One of the most important reasons that I'm here though, is because I'm a mother and I can only imagine, my constituents are losing their children when they send them out the door."

One Tallahassee father of six says the death of 15-year-old Reshard Morrell hit close to home.

"I just want to see something change for our community. Our children deserve a great education, deserve a safe environment. They just deserve so much more," says Jason Tuck.

Stakeholders filled a room at the Leon County Public Library Thursday to address the issues.

Former FSU Football Player Cory Fuller says, "I've been outside of the hood for 19 years, I lived in it for 21 years. If you really want to help, you got to go to them. They can't come to you. They don't understand suits and ties. They don't understand that. We don't understand their language. They don't want to be that because I didn't want to be that."

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[UPDATE] 6-16 Noon -

Recent violence has prompted community leaders to take action, and that action began on June 16th.

Leon County's Summit on the Status of the Black Male took place around 11am at the Leon County Public Library.

We have a recorded live interview which can be viewed above.

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[UPDATE] 6-16 10:50am

WCTV will be covering today's (Thursday, 6-16) summit and will have live reports this afternoon from Eyewitness News Reporter Lanetra Bennett.

Check back for updates.

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Leon County, FL - Following the tragic deaths of two local young black men in less than a month, Leon County will host a summit to address violence in the community.

The Summit on the Status of the Black Male will be held Thursday, June 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System’s Main Library, located at 200 West Park Avenue.

Representatives from area organizations that regularly provide programs and services to young black men have been invited to this meeting of stakeholders to discuss how to better collaborate and coordinate current resources in order to dramatically reduce the violence in the community.

“I think a lot of people would like to sprint to the finish line on this issue, when a marathon is required to solve this problem. That begins with the left hand knowing what the right is doing,” said County Commissioner Nick Maddox, who brought the idea of holding a summit to the County Commission. “This issue is not only personal to me, but should be one that is personal and important to every parent, business owner, clergyman and citizen of Leon County.”

Discussion topics will include education, economic empowerment and criminal justice. The event will conclude with a broad discussion on the current status of young black men in an effort to develop an action plan that incorporates a unified community approach to address the issues of the day.

For more information, contact Shington Lamy, Special Projects Coordinator at (850) 606-5300 or LamyS@LeonCountyFL.gov .


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  • by Jon on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Finally, they are taking a look at how they can help the people causing most of the crime. I hope the best for all hard working people, whether black or white. I just think we need to lock up these thugs that do commit crime, and throw away the key.
  • by 1stlttightwad on Jun 17, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    The new slavery. When you work for a living, the money you derive determines where you live, what you buy, and what you can afford to eat. You still have a choice to do better, get a better education. etc., When you receive public assistance the government tell you where to live (public housing), what you can eat(WIC)/approved for WIC/ what you can wear(can't afford Nike or Izod on welfare), and you gotta buy a used car at high interest rates(don't get enough to afford new, or the 0% advertised) Welcome to the new slavery generation. The only difference is the government owns the plantation now. As they said in Gone With the Wind....QUITTIN TIME!!!!! Take a minute and digest what I just said. Where am I wrong?
  • by partofthesolution Location: tallahassee on Jun 17, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Its a shame that people have nothing better to do but make ignorant and derogatory comments about people coming together for the betterment of the Community. You are a Monday Morning Quarterback you sit on the bench and criticize others. You are a cowart because you rather talk about others instead of getting a shovel and help dig. Now be a real man or woman put your boots on and come to work. Remember it may not be your kid doing the shooting but maybe the one get Shot!!!Think long and hard about that last statement...........No join forces and fight with us!!
  • by handyman on Jun 17, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    How about a summit for white men over 50, times are hard for us right now too.
  • by Tom on Jun 17, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    I am a black man.And i apologize about these thugs in suits who put this together.
  • by ikadod Location: yourpc on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    this town is awsome its like playing a live video game it has it all and the driving level whoo not for the weak stop complaining and learn how to play the game better use your credits to buy cool gadgets to help fight crime in your area
  • by Franklin on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    This article is a joke? Right?
  • by willie gray Location: tally ,,north 27 on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:09 AM
    as a black male being of the age of 55,,,,here is my answer..you can not help someone that will npt help themself ..these thugs causing all the problems ,95 % do not want help ..I have worked hard all my life like many other blacks and I do support my family ... These guys need to get off the porch,get a job and pull up their pants and stop making babies for us people who do pay taxes to take care of....girls same for you and close your legs ..stop getting them checks
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jun 17, 2011 at 02:55 AM
    If the great hero Abe Lincoln had of lived we would not have this problem now IMO.
  • by Irma Location: Buckhead on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    How about holding the summit at Bill Proctor's house in Buckhead.
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