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As D.C. Schools Recess, Norton and Her D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys to Host Event to Showcase Mentorship in the Black Community, Tomorrow

Jun 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and her District of Columbia Commission on Black Men and Boys will host a special hearing, entitled “Black Men Mentoring Black Boys Making the Difference,” tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at 2235 Shannon PL SE (2nd Floor Hearing Room).  The hearing comes as the Commission and Norton have expressed concern about a spate of shootings in the District.  Members of the public are invited to give brief testimony as well.

“Our D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys will hear from a panel of witnesses featuring mentors and mentees whose experience shows that mentoring Black youth works,” Norton said.  “The hearing comes as D.C. Public Schools are scheduled to close for the summer this Friday, June 15, a time when young men and boys need even more daily structure, attention and support from the community.”

The hearing’s panelists are: Darius Baxter, Co-Founder of Good Projects, who lost his father to gun violence and created afterschool programs and summer camps for youth; Dr. Roger A. Mitchel, Jr., MD, Chair of D.C.’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the Chief Medical Officer for the District of Columbia; and Kennijah DeVaughn, Mentee and Honor Student at Ron Brown Preparatory High School, who lost two friends to gun violence.