April 17, 2012
Contact: Rev. Andre’ D. Knight, President, (252) 544-2949
NAACP Hosts Stop the Violence Forum
Rocky Mount, NC – The Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP, in conjunction with area ministers, will host a discussion with local community leaders. “Our community has been devastated by recent events of youth and gang violence. While we know that these brutal slayings do not solely define our community, we are all impacted by the loss of young men that will never have the chance to contribute to society” Andre’ Knight, President of the Rocky Mount Branch said. “Our community wants to do more than mourn. We want to reverse the trend and challenge the mindset that it is okay for anyone to gun down our citizens for any reason.”
The Stop the Violence Forum will be held in the OIC Auditorium located at 402 E. Virginia Street at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th. Joining President Knight will be guest panelists Rev. James Gailliard, Senior Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church; Bishop Sheldon Daniels, Senior Pastor of Greater Joy Baptist Church; Charlie Davis, noted local retired educator; Curtis Walker, aka “C Dub”, local media and entertainment professional and Trooper Clee Atkinson with the NC Highway Patrol. Host and moderator for the event, Reuben Blackwell, Education Chair for the Rocky Mount Branch added, “We want to have a frank and in-depth discussion about what is not working in our community, who we need to engage to move us forward and how to begin to support strategies that are working.” Area youth have also been invited to participate in the panel discussion.
Andre’ Knight commented, “This forum is for the person who wants to see the violence end and willing to do something about it. We need our young people to come and be willing to talk with us. We need the gang bangers to be there. We need parents and family members who have lost their children or who are afraid that they might lose their children to come. We need business and church leaders to come and be willing to do something we’ve never done before so we can rescue and redeem our future. We need everyone to be concerned and to attend. ”
The Forum is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.