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Black on Black Crime Solutions Panel

Consists of Urban League T. Willard Fair, Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez, and Others-
Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) –  “Empowermentorship – The Power of Mentorship” is the theme for the 4th Annual Black On Black Crime Solutions Panel. The Broward County based organization has moved its momentum to Miami-Dade College/North on June 10, 2017 from 11am to 2pm. Courage To Believe International is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization lead by a team of mentors best known for their C2B Chess Club & Mentoring Program. As an at-risk youth mentoring group they were able to spread their wings south with an interesting group of panelist from both counties. They’ll be highlighting a few of South Florida’s most influential mentoring programs, including those that focus mainly on Caribbean youth, specifically Haitian teenagers.

Every year, there are 6,000 to 9,000 violent black on black cases since 1980. This isn’t to make light of the fact that there are hundreds per year of police brutality cases against the African American community. Records show that gun violence in Miami-Dade had killed six children and 88 teenagers in the last three years. In 2016, Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office reported 80 out of the 94 gun homicide victims, who were ages 18 and under, were black males.

Hence, the first Annual Black On Black Crime Solutions Panel was given birth three years ago by King Kevin Dorival, mentor and author of the inspirational autobiography and stage play, Courage To Believe. Why? Something tangible needed to be done on the grassroots level. “I have over fifteen family and friends incarcerated. They’re all young black men with children they can’t raise while serving 15 years to life sentences in prison, and all of their cases have one common dominator – GUNS! Black males are playing checkers while the criminal justice system is playing chess. I wish that we could get a sponsor and more financial support from our people to keep our event going for as long as it takes to change the political culture and the ongoing economic deprivation that’s destroying our community,” says Mr. Dorival.

Television host James Pierre, will be hosting the event – the panelist: President of Concerned of African Women Carolyn “Kiani” Nesbitt, Public Defender, Carlos Martinez, Urban League of Greater Miami President and CEO T. Willard Fair, Mayor of Opa-Locka Taylor and a surprise guest!

This free event takes place at Miami-Dade College/North Campus building 2000, room 2158, located at 11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167. Featured performances by the world-renowned Bush family’s B.G. Harmonies, a young African-American symphony group! There will be live entertainment, food, and a chance for the community to ask some of the most influential people of South Florida questions.

For more information on how you can support or volunteer, call 954-263-8223, or follow them on Instagram (@Courage2Believe) and Twitter (@Courage2Believe). Also, visit www.kevindorival.com.

Photo Caption: Panelists and performers at the 3rd annual #BlackOnBlackCrime Solutions Panel in July 2016


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