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Apr 25, 2016

Rosa B. Williams: Don't wait until tragedy to help community

It appears that we always wait until something happens before we come together and then when the incident dies down we go back into our respective places. As we move forward, it is my hope that local organizations can come together to not only address mental-health issues, but various issues that impact young black males in our community, including unemployment, school dropout and incarceration rates, which are too high in our community.

Not everyone will finish high school and go to college. Opportunities need to be created so that everyone has an equal chance at success. Only then can we begin to reach these young men standing on street corners and give them hope for a better life.

Photo credit: Erica Brough/Staff Photographer – Gainesville Sun

Photo caption: Jennifer Appel, legal guardian of 16-year-old Robert Dentmond, asks members of the community not to interrupt as community members discuss Dentmond's death at a meeting March 22., The Gainesville Sun, April 25, 2016. (Read entire article)

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