Baraka to take part in discussion on police, community violence at Newark high school

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on February 04, 2015

NEWARK — Mayor Ras Baraka will join a panel of other notable speakers in a discussion on ending violence in the African-American community at Weequahic High School next week.

The event, entitled "Police Violence and Community Violence: How Do We Stop All Violence in the African American Community" is schedule for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the South Ward high school.

According to a press release, the focus of the discussion will be whether the issues of police violence and community violence should be addressed as separate issues, or part of a larger problem plaguing blacks in America.

Baraka will be accompanied on the panel by WBLS radio personality Bob Pickett, Rev. David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Newark Anti-Violence Coalition Chairwoman Keesha Eure, People's Organization for Progress Chair Larry Hamm and Weequahic students Brian Wallence and Tyasia Brown.

Bashir Akinyele, a Weequahic history teacher and chairman of the school's Black History Month committee, will moderate the discussion.

"This program is an opportunity to educate the masses on the need to understand that black humanity is just as valuable as the cultures of other races and ethnic groups in the world!" Akinyele said in a statement.

All members of the public are invited to attend.

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