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Do Black Youth Matter? A Community Townhall
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When: 9/19/2015
10:30 AM
Where: Shiloh Baptist Church
1500 9th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20001
United States
Presenter: Metropolitan Baptist Church
Contact: Dr. Kwamme Anderson
(202) 498-2429

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Our law students have been extended a special invitation by The Metropolitan Baptist Church Public Policy Ministry to participate in a special community townhall event: "Do Black Youth Matter?" at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001) from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. this Saturday.  

As is widely known, ongoing instances of bad policing practices and policies across the United States have negatively impacted black men and black women. Unfortunately, black youth have also been among those hurt, and a response is necessary.  

Of the need for this Town Hall meeting, Metropolitan’s Senior Servant, The Reverend Dr. Maurice Watson, said, “While these incidents may seem to be out of our control, it remains our duty to sound the alarm and to educate and empower the members of our communities.” Hosted by Metropolitan’s Public Policy Ministry, the Town Hall will create a safe space for dialogue and learning, and will affirm and strategically advocate practices to inform family and community conversations to help prevent negative contact with law enforcement officials. 


Attendees at the Town Hall meeting can expect practical, solutions-focused discussions, including: 

-Knowing their Constitutional rights

-What to do when stopped by the police

-Effective strategies for managing stress, anger, and anxiety

-Participating in the democratic process for electing local law enforcement officials

-How to master making wise decisions as a valuable life skill.  


Featured panelists will include: 

-Melanie Campbell, President/CEO – National Coalition on Black Civic Participation  

-Donald Cravins, Executive Director of the National Urban League Washington Bureau 

-Darrell Green, NFL Hall-of-Famer and Washington Redskins legend | Motivational Speaker 

-Dr. Kathy Carey Haynes, Psychotherapist 

-Judge Billy H. Murphy, Jr., Founder and Senior Partner – Murphy, Falcon & Murphy 

-Jonathan Smith, Associate Dean, David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC) 

-The Honorable Alonzo Washington, Maryland State Delegate (D-22)

-Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., Senior Servant Emeritus, Metropolitan Baptist Church  

Students from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of have been invited to be available to provide assistance understanding legal concepts, and providing access to legal services. 

Metropolitan Baptist Church to host ‘Do Black Youth Matter?’ Town Hall Meeting  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Shiloh Baptist Church (1500 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001) from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 


Contacts: Dr. Kwamme Anderson (202) 498-2429,

                  Assoc Dean Jonathan Smith UDC Law,

                  Tanya Iida, UDC (Law) Student Bar Association, Community Service Chair,


The promotional video for the Town Hall may be viewed at:

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