Good kids, mad cities logoMIAMI GARDENS – (February 24, 2014) – Keeping alive the memories of teens killed tragically in senseless violence, Florida Memorial University students and faculty will host a community forum Wednesday evening to honor two Florida teenagers, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

The “Good Kids, Mad Cities” town hall will offer a sounding board for a community that remains concerned about the blatant disregard for young black and brown people in the United States. The forum will be held 7 p.m. February 26 in the FIU-FMU auditorium at Florida Memorial, 15800 NW 42nd Avenue in Miami Gardens.

The town hall is sponsored by the FMU Lions for Justice, a student organization that focuses on social justice issues, along with their adviser, Tameka Hobbs, PhD, an associate history professor.

“The town hall will serve as yet another opportunity for our students and community members to educate themselves about the issues surrounding these troubling policies and trends,” said Hobbs. “More important, we hope that the conversation encourage participants to be a part of the conversation and a part of the change. If we are going to address the problems inherent in the “Stand Your Ground” laws and the school-to-prison pipeline, we have to unite.”

The discussion comes on the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, 17, of Miami Gardens. He was gunned down in Sanford, Florida, while returning from picking up snacks at a nearby convenience store. His killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted last year. That trial, and the one last week where a Jacksonville jury failed to reach a decision against software developer Michael Dunn in the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, set off alarms in the black community. This forum will give FMU students and the broader community a platform to air their concerns, as well as develop some
positive next steps.

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Hobbs at 305-626-3955.


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