Roughly two years ago, after recent gun violence incident in South Florida, a local community group hosted a much needed “Stop the Gun Violence” town hall.Read More
Two Faith Leaders on Youth Violence and Solutions – Part 2 of 2
“America’s schools were not designed to do what we’re asking them to do…there has to be a collaborative effort between church, schools and community. Kids need something different…Our kairos moment is now.” — Rev. Dr. Velma UnionRead More
Two Faith Leaders on Youth Violence and Solutions – Part 1 of 2
Since the death of Michael Brown, our nation has heard from diverse parts of Brown’s Ferguson, Missouri community, as well as thoughtful political and legal analysis from noted experts. I’ve reported on this incident in three previous ‘village’ reports.Read More
Gun Violence: Millennials Deserve Peace
The daily shock and awe of news media coverage associated with the latest high profile act of gun violence in communities throughout the United States has become a sad but true norm in our nation’s culture.Read More
How Many More Michael Browns Have to Die?
Parts of St. Louis looks like it’s a bombed out war zone. And in reality, it is a war zone … St. Louis is a war zone. The combatants are typically young black men, many just above the age of puberty. They’re at war with each other and by in large, the community is at war with the police.Read More
Can Higher Education Help Solve our Problem with Gun Violence?
A few weeks ago I read an essay, “Why I hate being a black man”. There isn’t much in it that I could relate to but there was one thing that forced me to reflect.Read More
It’s Hoodie Weather. Be Careful.
I must admit. I have not lost the momentum that I gained from my attendance at last month’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The sessions, the information, the people—all inspired me to go back to my community and be that catalyst for needed change.Read More
Curbing the Culture of Violence
On March 8, 1998, my brother, Henry Lee Baber III, was shot 14 times by an unknown suspect and died instantly in Los Angeles.Read More
Turn Your Emotion to Action
I was deeply heart broken when I heard the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. So much so that I didn’t want talk about it, yet I could not get my mind off of the number of young black males that are shot, killed and buried every day in our communities.Read More
The Black Man Continues to be a Target in America
While according to the most recent census, African-Americans make up 13.6 percent of the population yet in 2011, according to the FBI; African-Americans accounted for half of all murder victims in the nation that year.Read More