A two-day community summit designed to begin a dialogue between families, law enforcement officials and churches and encourage a spirit of unity in the community will be held at Bethel’s Place Empowerment Center, 12660 Sandpiper, Houston, Texas 77035.
The Summit, hosted by Pastor Walter August, Jr. of the Church at Bethel’s Family and First Lady Ruby August, will open doors to the public starting at 6 p.m., Friday night, July 17, with Conversations with Mothers and Daughters.
The event will provide an open forum featuring Toya Graham, the Baltimore, Maryland mother who captured national media attention for her bold efforts to reprimand and discourage her son from engaging in riotous behavior in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death. Graham and her five daughters, along with law enforcement officials and church leaders, will discuss issues impacting women in the community ranging from safety issues, sex trafficking to other social issues.
At 9 a.m., Saturday, July 18, the public is invited to re-convene at Bethel’s Place Empowerment Center for a general assembly to engage in healthy dialogue and discuss ways to foster a spirit of unity in community relations between families, police officers and churches. Graham’s son, 16-year-old Michael Singleton will be on hand along with numerous law enforcement officials, including HPD Asst. Police Chief Troy Finner, to share their thoughts and engage in guided discussions between invited guests, law enforcement, church officials and audience members.
The event is free to the public and will be emceed by KPRC, Channel 2 news reporter, Courtney Gilmore.
To learn more, visit recent Click2Houston.com and view video interview entitled “Bridging the Gap between Police and Communities of Color.”