[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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