Professor Yevette Brown's program set to air Sunday

May 16, 2014

The first part of an initiative created by GSU professor Yevette Brown to address violence in the Chicagoland area will be aired this weekend. The program, "Respond to Violence: Communities in Crisis" explores the devastating impact of violence on families and neighborhoods and how they are fighting back.

The first part of an initiative created by GSU professor Yevette Brown to address violence in the Chicagoland area will be aired this weekend.

“Respond to Violence: Communities in Crisis” will be shown Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. on WTTW, Channel 11.

The program explores the devastating impact of violence on families and neighborhoods and how they are fighting back. The program panel consists of: U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly Democratic of the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois; Attorney Irv Miller, legal correspondent for Channel 2 News Chicago; and Marlita White, director of the Office For Violence Prevention for the City of Chicago's Department of Public Health. The program is moderated by Robert Jordan, weekend anchor for WGN-TV.

The show was taped in front of a studio audience of community organizations, educators and the families of violence victims Hadiya Pendleton and Blair Holt.

Professor Brown started this initiative after her adult son was shot in the summer of 2012. He was driving home to his family in the Bronzeville neighborhood following a trip to a grocery store in the early evening . While so many other victims of violence don’t survive, her son did. A bullet shattered his car window and passed through his arm. He was able to drive himself to a hospital to receive medical attention.

Professor Brown said she felt compelled to do something meaningful and constructive. She felt this event in her life was a call to action.

 

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