Empowerment Seminar Reaches E. Flatbush Youths
After a week of unrest, rioting, looting, and a vigil in East Flatbush in response to the fatal shooting of 16- year-old Kimani Gray on East 52nd Street near Snyder Avenue by two police officers on March 9th, Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams held a Youth Empowerment Seminar to help ease tensions in the community and give young people the opportunity to speak with community leaders and clergy - and hopefully lead them in the right direction.
Williams held the seminar in conjunction with his youth group, Students Taking Action Today (S.T.A.T.), last Saturday at the Tilden Educational Campus, located at 5800 Tilden Avenue. There were workshops for young people ages 14 and up, featuring discussions on gang violence,
“know your rights” training and police interactions, as well as sex and domestic violence.
Teenagers performed songs and anti-gun violence skits, as well as rap and spoken word performances, followed by refreshments and raffles.
The two police officers who shot Gray have been placed on modified duty while an investigation is being conducted. The cops say that Gray pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them.
A wake for Gray will be held on Friday, March 22nd at the Caribe Funeral Home, located at 1922 Utica Avenue, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:45 a.m. at St. Catherine of Genoa Church, located at 520 Linden Blvd. Gray will be buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery.
Photo by Ellis Washington