The Bradley Blake Foundation and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Host Gun Violence Town Hall

left to right: Marva Black, President AKA Omicron Ro Omega Chapter; Sylvia Blake, Founder-The Bradley Blake Foundation; Kimberly Greene, State Coordinator AKA Connection Committee-SC; Tiffany Moore Russell, Esquire South Atlantic Region Representative to the AKA International Connection Committee

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, marks its 110th year of “serving all mankind” through an international program of service. Under the leadership of International President, Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., adopted an advocacy, social justice and voter awareness-focused Connection Program entitled “A Call to A.C.T.I.O.N.: Advocate, Communicate, Train, Influence, Organize and Network.” Following its annual Day at the Capitol, members of AKA Sorority, Inc. returned to their South Carolina communities to inform sorority members and citizens about the organizations legislative advocacy agenda topics.

The Board of Directors of The Bradley Blake Foundation and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® from South Carolina’s Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester counties presented a Town Hall on Gun Violence in Our Schools and On Our Streets. Over one hundred concerned citizens and students gathered Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the College of Charleston-North Campus to let their voices be heard and to obtain clarity of how to protect our communities and our children. The meeting was livestreamed for the virtual audience to submit questions for panelists. The nine-member panel included elected law makers: Sen. Marlon Kimpson, Dist.42; Representatives David Mack, III Dist.109; Joseph Jefferson, Dist. 102; Marvin Pendarvis, Dist. 113; Eric Watson, Charleston County Sheriff Office; Ty Cerone, North Charleston PD; Bobby Shuler, Berkeley County Sheriff Office; Dr. Zakevia  Lewis-Kendrick, Social Worker and Kevin Hollinshead, Charleston County School Board. Rep. Wendell Gilliard, Dist 111, was invited to Washington, DC on political business; therefore, a video was provided that echoed his position on gun violence.

The prodigious event echoes a community collaboration to address current events and issues impacting the communities in which we live and raise children. A discussion on the Second Amendment and mental health led to one Town Hall outcome to address the necessity and placement for school social workers. Kim Greene committed for this to be referred to the Charleston legislative delegation. 

SC Legislature Online or VoteSpotter are tools that the community can use to read and let their voices be heard on pending or voted legislation such as: S.516 by Sen. Kimpson; H.4688 by Rep. Jefferson; and H.3183, H.4386 by Rep. Gilliard.

Tiffany Moore Russell, Esquire moderated the event and serves as the South Atlantic Region Representative to the AKA International Connection Committee. Core organizers for the event include Sylvia Blake, Founder-The Bradley Blake Foundation; Marva Black, President and April Haynes, Chapter Connection Chairman AKA Omicron Rho Omega Chapter and Kimberly Greene, State Coordinator AKA Connection Committee-SC.

Gun Violence Town Hall meeting attendees

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