Op/Ed: A few words about Ken Harris and Our Stop-The-Violence Campaign
(BALTIMORE - September 27, 2008) - Normally, when our community suffers such a high profile loss due to senseless violence as we did this past weekend, I will take the opportunity to immediately write and send out a few words. I wasn’t able to do so right away regarding the murder of Ex-Councilman Ken Harris and I realize now that one of the reasons was that this one hit a little bit close to home to me.
I won’t elaborate on that because it’s not about me. My condolences go out to Ken’s wife and kids and his entire family as well as the vast community that he served and that loved him so much. He will be missed.
This is not a time for a solicitation or anything like that. Instead I want to just let you know that we’re going to keep doing what we do. I know you support us, and I know you understand the reasons that we’re out there.
A few years ago, we shifted our focus more towards hands on involvement with our young people, primarily through the creation of the Winning Teams Mentoring Program. Things are going well. Last year, all of the high school seniors in the program graduated and are now away in college. This year, we are very excited because over two-thirds of the kids in the program will be new. Their “Winning Experience” project will be the development and production of an Internet Newscast/News magazine focusing on youth related issues. Further, our fall “Pathway to College” activity will be a day-long visit to Howard University - similar to our day at the US Naval Academy last fall. And, of course, we will be having our third annual Multi-Day College Tour in the spring.
Just wanted you to know that we’re out there and doing what we can.
I know that you all understand why.