100 Black Men from Metro Baton Rouge Host Community Town Hall Aimed at Addressing Gun Violence
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge held a town hall on Wednesday, August 3, focused on the recent increase in gun violence.
“The parts of the community that I called home for a minute are unrecognizable to me,” said Dennis Blunt, a concerned father.
The organization has invited hundreds of black fathers and their sons to have an in-depth conversation about crime and the solutions they are putting in place to address it.
” We do not have the choice. We have to do this,” Michael Adams, President and CEO of Metro Baton Rouge’s 100 Black Men.
Adams says crime came knocking on their door when one of their mentees, Albert Hawkins, 21, was shot and killed on Sunday July 31.
But the bulk of the meeting, will that change anything?
There have been hundreds of programs over the years, but little has improved. Adams thinks they have the key to making a difference.
“We believe that as 100, if we have more men involved in the lives of younger men, we believe we can lessen the crisis that we are involved in,” Adams said.
As part of their “Respect 4 Life” anti-violence program, Adams says they will target the most at-risk youth in the city and offer different services that will include counseling, mental health resources, job training and counseling. other forms of education. .
However, Adams says they need people to come out of the sidelines and step in to make it work.
“Until black men stand up and start saying we’re going to support these efforts, change isn’t going to happen,” Adams said.
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