Blog Entry Culture of Safety, Health & Healing

Listen to this Special Network Call in Tribute to Stephon Clark

In 2012, four years after launching at the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement joined the nation and world in reacting with grief and outrage at the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Since then, we have been forced to relive those same emotions over and over again, most recently with the unjust killing of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California.
Just as the recent NY Times headline highlighted, the balance of promise and peril continues to haunt America's Black men and boys. Even as they achieve; even as they break barriers and shatter stereotypes; even as they stand in their own backyards, the systems of racism and white supremacy threaten to tear Black males and entire Black communities down into despair. 
In this moment of tragedy and injustice, we must band together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the frontlines of change locally and nationally. For this reason we urge you to support our brother and CBMA Member Marcus Strother in Sacramento who is currently on the ground as part of the collective of activists and organizers working with the family and community to foster healing and demand justice and accountability. 

In an effort to learn more about what's happening on the ground in Sacramento, how people across the country can show their solidarity and support, and to provide a safe space for community healing, CBMA hosted a special network call on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 -- the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination -- featuring Marcus and Sacramento-based leaders. Taking place just days after the announcement that the Baton Rouge police officers responsible for the 2016 killing of Alton Sterling would not be charged, the special call also featured a local leader from Baton Rouge to share how their community is still trying to heal and overcome after that tragedy. 

Featured presenters on our April 4th Network Call included:

  • Dispatches from the Ground in Sacramento
    • Marcus Strother, Coordinator of Youth Development, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento, CA
    • Berry Accius, Founder & Executive Director, Voice of the Youth, Sacramento, CA
    • Jackie Rose, Executive Director, Focus on Family, Sacramento, CA
    • Darrell Roberts, Founder & Director, Roberts Family Development Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Solidarity Among Cities: Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge
    • Raymond E. Jetson, Chief Executive Catalyst, Metro Morphorsis, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Health, Healing & Spiritual Grounding
    • Dr. Phyllis Hubbard, Director, BMA Health & Healing Strategies, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
    • Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, Founder, Strategic Destiny, LLC

If you weren't able to join, you can still check out the recording of the powerful discussion.



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