Our?Panel Discussion for “Black Lives Matter Too”?was a huge success!
Panelists for this event were as follows:
? Bishop Harry L. Cohen – New Covenant United Holy Church Burlington, NC
? Dennis Franks – Chief of Police, Elon University Campus Safety & Police
? Dr. Cherrel Miller-Dyce – Assistant Professor of Education, Faulty Fellow at The Center for Race Ethnicity & Diversity Education – Elon University and author of D.I.V.A. Diaries
? Cliff Parker – Chief of Police, Elon Police Department
? Jeff Prichard – Chief of Police, Graham Police Department
? Jeffrey Smythe ?- Chief of Police, Burlington Police Department
? Dr. Randy Williams – Associate Vice President for Campus Engagement, Elon University
The Panel Discussion Moderator was Rev. Dr. Daniel Webb, Pastor of Greater First United Baptist Church in High Point, NC.
Media representatives from Fox 8 News and WFMY News 2 were there to capture footage of this panel as well.
Pictures from the Panel Discussion:?
Several members of our congregation and the community gathered to participate in this panel discussion.
Pastor James Wilkes introduces our Moderator for the event,?Rev. Dr. Daniel Webb, Pastor of Greater First United Baptist Church in High Point, NC.
Moderator Webb asks each panelist to introduce themselves to those who came out to the event.
Members of the Elon Police Department came out in support of the “Black Lives Matter Too” Panel Discussion.
Members of?Greater First United Baptist Church of High Point, NC?came out to support of the “Black Lives Matter Too” Panel Discussion.
Local News Stations Fox 8 and WFMY News 2 captured footage of the “Black Lives Matter Too” Event.
The?”Black Lives Matter Too” Panelists engage in dialogue about police relationships with the African American Community.
Ms. Ernestine Lewis, member of the Alamance County NAACP, asks the Police Chiefs on the Panel what the strategic plan is to fix the gun violence issues in the community.?
Mrs. Gloria Diabb, Burlington, NC resident, asks the Police Chiefs if their departments racially profile African American males.
Mr.?Barrett Brown, President of the Alamance Chapter of the NAACP asks the Police Chiefs how their departments address implied or biased racism in their respective departments.
Bro. Johnny Mapp, retired Veteran and Elon First Baptist Church member expresses his concerns for the alarming rate of?incarcerated Black males in North Carolina asks what can be done to decrease those numbers.
Bro. Bennett Yancey, Minister of Music and Minister-in-Training, encourages those in attendance to vote in local elections to see real change in our community.
Pastor James Wilkes, Jr. asks the Chiefs of Police what happens when Black males are treated like Black bodies and don’t make it home.
Bishop Harry L. Cohen of New Covenant United Holy Church in Burlington, NC prays a special prayer for all of the police officers who were in attendance.
Many thanks to our wonderful panelists at our first ever “Black Lives Matter Too” discussion. We thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue and hope that this will be the first of many panels that help us build and establish trust with our dedicated police officers in our community!
Fox 8 News featured us on the 10:00pm News as well!