May 12, 2015
The second annual Cities United convening allowed attendees the opportunity to unpack the social, systemic and environmental factors that contribute to the stark disparities impacting African American men and boys. Guest speakers and thought leaders from across the United States provided valuable insights, tools and strategies that included alternatives to juvenile detention and incarceration, improving relationships with communities of color and law enforcement, and recognizing and responding to trauma in the lives of black boys and young men.We were honored to have representatives from the White House participate in the convening as panelists and featured speakers. Roy Austin, Jr., Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity opened day two with an important message on alignment and how initiatives like Cities United provide an important value add to My Brother’s Keeper.Day two also included a powerful panel featuring Ronald Davis, Director of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Footage of Director Austin’s remarks and Director Davis’ panel will be available on citiesunited.org in the very near future.