A rash of gun violence in Richmond earlier this month has led community advocates to hold a peace summit on Feb. 7 that is set to feature an eclectic but influential group of people.
They include former Black Panther Party chairwoman Elaine Brown (1974-77) as a guest speaker; a Richmond police sergeant; local sports coaches and religious leaders; always fiery ex-Councilmember Corky Booze; members of the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety — which received national attention for its tactics to reduce crime in Richmond — and also Redge Dwayne Green, who played “Lil Chris” in Boyz in The Hood.
The event, entitled “Let’s get the hell out of Richmond and put more love in it,” will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Miracle Temple Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Richmond at 2425 Cutting Blvd.
The keynote speaker is Landrin Kelly, father of De La Salle football star and Richmond resident Terrance Kelly, who was tragically shot dead a decade ago, only two days before he was due to leave for the University of Oregon on an athletics scholarship.
The peace summit was planned by community advocates Rodney Alamo Brown and KGM1 online radio DJ Steven Parker. It is a response to recent violence that includes the Jan. 13 shooting that killed 23-year-old Sirmonte Bernstine, Parker told the Contra Costa Times.
“This community event will feature information on what you need to know about your rights, interacting with law enforcement, issues reconciling our Brothers from areas such as North, South, Central and various areas of our city,” Brown said in a Facebook Post.
Free refreshments and holistic body massages will be served from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
“Everyone is very excited,” Brown said.
Attendees as listed by organizers:
– Landrin Kelly
Guest speakers to include:
– Elaine Brown
– Dr.Patrick Weaver of Abundant Life Ministries
– Evangelist Andre Bean Sr.
– Community activist Corky Booze
– ONS Officer Sal Garcia
– Educator Hashim Ali Alauddeen
– Community Activist Khalid Elahi
– Contra Costa County Juvenile Detention Center Facilitator Ervin L. Roquemore
– Richmond Steelers Football Coach Will Bryant
– BAP Community Activist Gonzalo Rucobo
– San San Pablo Cowboys Coach Andre Williams
Panelists: (panel discussion to be moderated by Parker and Redge Dwayne Green)
ONS Officer Joe Williams
Richmond police Sgt. Eddie Russell
D Demond King Redeemed World Magazine Curator
Otheree Christian, NAACP President Richmond branch
Pastor Thomas Marc Gandy