Group announces a "black-on-black crime summit" this week in Little Rock.
August 12, 2008 (Little Rock) – The Black-on-Black Crime Coalition and its partners will hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13th on the steps of the State Capitol Rotunda to announce the launching of the 2008 Black-on-Black Crime Summit, to be held August 13th- 17th in downtown Little Rock. The goal of the summit is to develop a long-term plan to reverse the epidemic of black on black crime, and to call the City of Little Rock to action. The press conference will include remarks from members of the Coalition, as well as Little Rock Vice Mayor, Stacy Hurst, and nationally renowned speaker “Chef” Jeff Henderson.
So far this year, 39 homicides have been committed in Little Rock, 70% of which were committed by blacks against blacks. Nationally, homicide is the leading cause of death for black men ages 15-24, and the second leading cause of death for black women of the same age group.
These and other startling statistics led a group of concerned citizens from a diverse cross-section of Little Rock to assemble and discuss the problem and possible solutions of black-on- black crime. In January 2003, law enforcement officials, business and faith leaders, neighborhood and youth groups created the Black-on-Black Crime Coalition. Driven by its mission to increase public awareness and reduce black on black crime in Little Rock, the Coalition is challenging all those affected by violent crime… to accept no more and realize it’s time to make a change. “Black on black crime is an epidemic that ultimately strikes not only African-American communities, but touches the entire city. Therefore, the Coalition is reaching out to all groups, and institutions in Little Rock and beyond in our mission to promote change, including faith, corporate, and government institutions as well as all ages and races,” according to Coalition member Senator-Elect Joyce Elliot.
In its call to action, the Coalition is soliciting active involvement through volunteerism and monetary contributions. Volunteers are encouraged to contact the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits to register for this community-saving event