Keeping Alive the Dream of Barbara A. Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia: Barbara Thurmond and her sister Earnestine Covington dreamed of a world without violence – so they founded Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. in June 1991 to help reduce black-on-black violence along the banks of the Savannah River. That violence continues in Augusta, the state of Georgia, the South and across the U.S. – We hope this tribute will inspire others to keep alive the dream and love of the late Barbara Thurmond

Activist and Author Barbara A. Thurmond: Standing Tall Against Violence in Hopes of Saving the Lives of Children and Stopping Violent Crimes in African American Neighborhoods in Augusta, Georgia

2012 38th National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference will be held August 19-22, 2012 in San Diego
The April 4th Revisited: National Youth Violence Prevention Conference was held on April 4, 2012 at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta
2012 Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. Annual Violence Awareness Program event was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Beulah Grove Community Resource Center in Augusta, Georgia
2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was April 22-28, 2012
2012 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Conference was June 18-20, 2012 in Arlington, VA
Excerpts from book “Joy in my Heart: My Journey from Hopelessness to Happiness” by Barbara Thurmond published by AuthorHouse in 2003 in paperback and hardcover
(Scroll down for more info on the above events and the book by late Stop the Violence Activist and Author Barbara A. Thurmond)
Editor’s Note: My dear friend and mentor Barbara Thurmond would have been embarrassed by this tribute to her efforts – feeling it is much more important for us to concentrate on the issues of black-on-black violence and victim’s rights – and I agree.
Hope this and subsequent posts do both.

By Rev. Terence A. Dicks and Greg Peterson

(Augusta, Georgia) — Former Neonatal ICU nurse and longtime community activist Barbara A. Thurmond hoped to stem the killing of children, teens and others in African American neighborhoods across Augusta, Georgia — and co-founded a group with her sister that aimed to stop black-on-black violence during an especially violent time in the city’s history that claimed the lives of many youth.

Barbara Thurmond Book Cover CloseupFrom a wheelchair that confined her body (but not her heart), Ms. Barbara Thurmond stood tall in her effort to stop the violence that was killing Augusta’s youth — an effort that lived on after her death.

Founded in June 1991, the anti-violence group Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. was the brainchild of Thurmond and her sister, Earnestine Covington.

After years of escalating violence in Augusta’s black communities that peaked several times, the pair started the group when Augusta had its highest murder rate ever — and 97 percent was black-on-black – and in a tragic irony many occurred on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Ten years after the creation of Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc., Thurmond said the antiviolence group “dared to dream of a world in which all crime victims and their families are treated with compassion and dignity.”

Thurmond said in addition to stopping violence and getting guns off the streets, one of the related problems was the embedded racism in Augusta that allows blacks to be treated differently by authorities and in public perception.

“We understood early on that black on black violence was bigger than one brother killing another,” Thurmond said. “One of the many facts we identified was the injustice and double standards of the criminal justice system.”

Barbara Thurmond

Barbara Thurmond added that “the media has severely damaged the African American image.”

The various forms of violent media “desensitizes young people to violence and death and it continues to glamorize illegitimacy,” she said

Thurmond ask the important question “is there a connection between the disproportionate number of blacks assigned to special education and the disproportionate number of black male victimizers?”

I ‘live in the hood’ and when I want to find out what is going on in a situation of conflict, I know who my contacts are — they trust me and I trust them,” Thurmond said.

“All children will grow up in an environment made better through adequate medical care, child care and education in supportive and responsible families free from poverty, abuse and crime

“If only Ms. Thurmond were alive today maybe the black-on-black violence in Augusta could be reduced because of her spirit and love for people”

— said Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, a member of Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. from 1991 to 2006 and served as the group’s chief financial officer from 1995 to 2002.

Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond in story by Nikasha Dicks, Augusta Chronicle reporter, entitled 'Campaign to protest crime fulfills co-founder's dream' about the Thurmond's death.

Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond used in an October 2006 story by Nikasha Dicks, Augusta Chronicle reporter, entitled “Campaign to protest crime fulfills co-founder’s dream” about the Thurmond’s death.

Thurmond, who passed away in August 2006, “was disturbed at black on black crime” in the early 90’s.

It led her to form an organization to bring awareness to the problem — and despite her illness, she never left the fight,” states a news story about her death by WRDW TV-12 in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Thurmond was “a rare individual with rare insights,” the News 12 story pointed out.

That crime problem is just as scary nationwide causing many civil rights leaders to speak out again the crime rate.

“We just decided to call it what it was,” Thurmond stated in 1997. “We were blacks who were addressing the epidemic of black on black crime.”

People should “turn to each other and not on each other,” said civil rights leader and former Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) President Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery.

July 1999 Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond for July 27, 1999 article entitled "Crime in Black Community" written by Augusta Chronicle Crime Reporter Meghan Gourley

July 1999 Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond (right) for July 27, 1999 article entitled “Crime in Black Community” written by Augusta Chronicle Crime Reporter Meghan Gourley

Thurmond was very concerned at the number of African American males involved in violence and the rate they were dying, according to Dicks, who calls Thurmond as a “friend and a mentor and a comrade.”

“She was in a wheelchair – and she could not walk – but did more than any minister, any educator and any professional I ever met,” Dicks said.

1997 Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond for a January 12, 1997 story entitled "Locals await Legislature' Augusta Chronicle"

1997 Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond for a January 12, 1997 story entitled “Locals await Legislature” about the brutal murder of Phalonda Howard of Augusta.
Thurmond is sitting next to a “stop the Killing” campaign poster

The Augusta anti-violence group was formed because of the alarming increase in violent and non-violent crimes that involve African Americans under the age of 30 — and way to often in their teens — perpetrating crimes against other African American youth, adults and the elderly.

“Group members starting to get the same feelings we got back in the 80’s (when the crime rate spiked) that there is something wrong including there are too many shootings,” Dicks said.

“Even today, there are too many dead bodies showing up in the African American Community in Augusta and across the United States,” Rev. Dicks said with a heavy heart.

Police say that similar groups are needed across the country to battle the problem and save youth from dying and going to prison.

Barbara Thurmond and Dr. Bill Reese at a 1991 crime prevention conference in Augusta

Barbara Thurmond (left), President of Blacks Against Black Crime. Inc., listens to Dr. Bill Reese (right) discuss crime prevention an “Out-Smart Crime” Community Resources and Crime Prevention Conference held on April 1, 1999 at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia.

Barbara Thurmond said communities can become safer when prosecutors, victim rights advocates and neighborhood groups work together

“We pay tribute to Sheila Stahl, director of the Victims Assistance Department of the Augusta Richmond County judicial system,” Thurmond said in a guest editorial in the Augusta Chronicle.

Richmond County District Attorney Danny Craig “listens to the voices of all crime victims and has prosecuted homicide cases equitably, Thurmond said.

“We have seen more murder convictions for black-on-black homicide” and “this has contributed to the decline” in violent crime

Seated on the left at a crime prevention conference is Sheila Stahl, director of the Victims Assistance Department of the Augusta Richmond County judicial system

Sheila Stahl (left) listens to other panelists at a 1991 Crime Prevention Conference in Augusta, Georgia. Stahl was the director of the Victims Assistance Department of the Augusta Richmond County judicial system.

“Compared with 10 years ago, we are a much better system and a safer community,” Thurmond stated in July 2001.

Our collective dream of victims’ justice is built upon the painful realization of the nightmare that crime has wreaked on our community.

Stahl and Thurmond both were among the many panelists for a Community Resources and Crime Prevention Conference held on April 1, 1999 at Augusta State University that included many speakers and a logo stating “Out-Smart Crime.”

Program for April 1999 "Out-Smart Crime" Community Resources and Crime Prevention Conference in Augusta

Program for April 1999 “Out-Smart Crime” Community Resources and Crime Prevention Conference in Augusta. Georgia.

Barbara Thurmond Book Cover via Paperback Swap websiteBefore her death in August 2006 Thurmond wrote a book about her life in a wheelchair, her love for Augusta’s youth – and all humanity.

Entitled “Joy in my Heart: My Journey from Hopelessness to Happiness” — Thurmond wrote the book of memoirs to explain the struggles in her life that empowered and inspired her efforts stop the raging violence in African American communities across the Augusta area.

“I am honored and grateful that Barbara Thurmond saw fit to make me part of her book that sadly depicts black on black youth violence in Augusta, GA,” said Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, who is part of of the book written by Barbara Thurmond.

Thurmond was one of five women in the U.S. who received the Essence Award from Essence Magazine as “women who go above and beyond” involving community involvement and volunteerism.

Thurmond was selected as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2001 Women of Wonder (WOW) contest – given to an African-American woman between the ages of 25 and 54 who has made a significant impact in the lives of others – and sponsored by the Aunt Jemima® Brand of Quaker Foods and Beverages in partnership with the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

The “unselfish efforts” of Barbara Thurmond “to fight crime in her community and seek healing for crime victims epitomizes the spirit of the Women of Wonder contest,” said Pamela Jordan, spokesperson for Aunt Jemima.

Thurmond was given the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Award in 2006.

Barbara Thurmond was baptized at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta at an early age.

She received her early education from the Richmond County School System and was a proud graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School Class of 1968.

Barbara was employed as a Neonatal ICU Nurse at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta — and a Neurology nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Institute in New York, New York from which she medically retired.

Stop Killing People courtesy Black Radio NetworkSome Blacks Against Black Crimes activities included: victim’s rights advocacy, the “Stop the Killing” campaign, college scholarships and the “Think Bigger” programs in Jennings Homes, Gilbert Manor and Underwood Homes.

Some of the organizations that recognized her work included: Essence Magazine, The National Council of Negro Women, the Georgia Black Legislative Caucus, the Georgia House of Representatives, the State of Georgia and the City of Augusta.

Barbara was born to Mrs. Lillian C. Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia and the late Mr. Ernest Thurmond.

(Scroll down to see more information about Thurmond’s life, news coverage about her efforts, her many honors/awards, her family and other information)

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Augusta Chronicle logo
Barbara Thurmond took her crusade against black-on-black violence to the public through articles, stories, and guest editorials in The Augusta Chronicle newspaper in Augusta, Georgia

The Augusta Chronicle newspaper also wrote editorials about the causes created by Thurmond and many others who helped – and the paper memorialized the courageous activist following her untimely death.

Stop the violence activist Barbara A. Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia co-founded Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. with her sister Earnestine Covington in June 1991.

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/89297580?access_key=key-2nny5yvqnamzdixtx5l1

Part of an Augusta Chronicle Editorial reacting to the August 2006 death of Barbara Thurmond

Courage defined the life of Barbara Ann Thurmond, whose funeral services are being held today at Augusta’s Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She died much too young at age 56, but in that brief life she displayed enough courage for many lifetimes.

One could even say she wrote the book on courage.

Joy in my Heart: My Journey From Hopelessness to Happiness,” released two years ago, recounted the pain, trials and tribulations she suffered after being diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor in 1983 that forced her into a wheelchair as a paraplegic.

Though Mrs. Thurmond was debilitated physically, she refused to let the illness defeat her feisty spirit and enduring spirituality.

“The wheelchair never set boundaries on her,” said one friend.

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The murder of Renee Olubunmi Rondeau led her grieving parents to start a foundation in her honorRenee Olubunmi Rondeau Foundation Grassroots Banner

The Renée Olubunmi Rondeau Peace Foundation Website Has a Tribute to Barbara Thurmond on its website
http://www.rorpf.org

The Renée Olubunmi Rondeau Peace Foundation (RORPF) was formed by Elaine and Gordon Rondeau of Augusta, Georgia in August, 1997 after the murder of their daughter, Renée on the 31st of October, 1994.

National Coalition of Victims In Action (NCVIA) Logo

National Coalition of Victims In Action
(NCVIA) is a component of the Renée Olubunmi Rondeau Peace Foundation
The memorial to Barbara Thurmond on the NCVIA Board of Directors page recognizes her efforts with the “Tools for Change” project:

http://www.rorpf.org/NCVIA%20Board%20of%20Directors.htm

Barbara Thurmond Memoriam by National Coalition of Victims in Action (NCVIA) Board of Directors:

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/88124569?access_key=key-agz4wzy54glvpch2ywm

Georgia Lawmakers honored Barbara Thurmond for her crusade against violence and for protecting children

Barbara Thurmond Honored in 2005 by Georgia House of Representatives in House Resolution 2267:

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/88115176?access_key=key-1aiqagtmxbn7iqas9a1o

Barbara Thurmond

Barbara Thurmond

Barbara Thurmond was honored in 2005 by the Georgia House of Representatives in a resolution sponsored by Georgia Rep. Henry Howard and Georgia Rep. Quincy Murphy, both Democrats of Augusta:
http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2005_06/fulltext/hr2267.htm
http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20052006/64234.pdf
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Georgia Rep. Henry Howard and Georgia Rep. Quincy Murphy, both Democrats of AugustaGeorgia House of Representatives Resolution 2267

Sponsored by Georgia State Representative Henry “Wayne” Howard, (D-Augusta) District 121 and Georgia State Representative William “Quincy” Murphy (D-Augusta) District 120

A RESOLUTION

Honoring Barbara Thurmond for her commitment to helping victims of violent crimes

WHEREAS, Barbara Thurmond was recently nominated to receive the National Organization for Victim Assistance Award for 2006 which is presented annually to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals and programs in the victims’ movement; and

WHEREAS, Barbara has done outstanding work in service to victims of crime in Richmond County, Georgia, and also has done a fantastic job as the Executive Director of Blacks against Black Crimes, Inc.; and

WHEREAS, a nurse by profession, she retired at the age of 34 as a result of a catastrophic illness and she continues to be a voice for victims and survivors even though she is confined to a wheelchair; and

WHEREAS, she has been a comfort and inspiration to hundreds of victims and their families with whom she has worked to obtain victims’ justice and assistance and she is also a survivor of a homicide victim, her stepdaughter, Tina; and

WHEREAS, Barbara has received the Essence Award from Essence Magazine and was selected as one of five women in the United States “who go above and beyond,” based upon her community involvement and volunteerism, by the National Council of Negro Women; and

WHEREAS, she is a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, the Black Heritage Commission, the Central Savannah River Area Girl Scouts, Handgun Control, Inc., Able/Disabled, the Association of Georgians With Disabilities, and other organizations too numerous to list.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body honor Barbara Thurmond for her tireless efforts in support of the victims of violent crime and their survivors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Barbara Thurmond.
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Barbara Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia was the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2001 Women of Wonder (WOW) contest involving African-American woman between the ages of 25 and 54 who make a significant impact in the lives of others.

Sponsors: Aunt Jemima® Brand of Quaker Foods and Beverages and the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

Thurmond received her prize during a ceremony at the NCNW National Headquarters in Washington D.C.

Thurmond was nominated by her daughter, Aquanetta Betts, and was chosen from thousands of nominees because of her tireless efforts to fight black-on-black crime and seek justice for crime victims and their families.

Thurmond founded Blacks Against Crimes, Inc.; launched a “Stop the Killing” movement that identified the causes of black-on-black violence; was director of “Think Bigger,” a monthly program developed to reduce youth violence and drug abuse; used the media to raise awareness of the problem, organized a speakers bureau, was an advocate for victims’ rights and was a member of ten additional community boards without compensation.

“Ms. Thurmond is a woman whose relentless fight for empowerment makes her a woman of wonder,” said Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Chairperson and NCNW President Emerita.

The “unselfish efforts” of Barbara Thurmond “to fight crime in her community and seek healing for crime victims epitomizes the spirit of the Women of Wonder contest,” said Pamela Jordan, spokesperson for Aunt Jemima.

“The ten-year partnership between the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and the Aunt Jemima® Brand of The Quaker Oats Company has helped us celebrate the positive influence of African-American women, not only on our communities, but on the world,” Dr. Height said.

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/89283080?access_key=key-r9j6j6jzl37kclj9m44
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Augusta, Georgia Television Station WRDW TV-12 stories about the stop the violence efforts of Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. Founder Barbara A. Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia

TV-12 did stories about the admirable causes created by Thurmond and many others who helped in the fight – and the TV station memorialized the courageous activist following her untimely death.

Stop the Violence Activist Barbara A. Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia co-founded Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. with her sister Earnestine Covington in June 1991.

The WRDW-TV station is technically located across the Savannah River in North Augusta, South Carolina.

We thank WRDW-TV for its many stories about Barbara Thurmond – and this .pdf is a compilation of the TV-12 news stories.

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/89300225?access_key=key-14jh8fqt33i653esnhgi

WRDW TV-12 (North Augusta, South Carolina) coverage remembering the accomplishments of Barbara Thurmond upon word of her death in August 2006
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/3753382.html

WRDW TV-12 coverage Barbara Thurmond Work Lives On

Blacks Against Black Crimes Founder’s Message Lives On

Barbara Thurmond was disturbed at black on black crime in the early 90’s.
It led her to form an organization to bring awareness to the problem…and despite her illness, she never left the fight.

By Reporter Domonique Benn
August 28, 2006

People who knew Barbara Thurmond say she was a rare individual with rare insights.

The retired nurse co-founded Blacks Against Black Crimes back in 1991.

The people who helped her bring awareness want to secure her legacy as they continue to fight black on black crime.

Barbara Thurmond was disturbed at black on black crime in the early 90’s.

It led her to form an organization to bring awareness to the problem…and despite her illness, she never left the fight.

Now, with Thurmond’s death, others are left to carry the torch.

Blacks Against Black Crimes formed in 1991.

At the time, Augusta had its highest murder rate ever.

97 percent were black on black.

Organization member Terence Dicks says he’s seeing a mirror image.

“Actually, we are almost back to where we were,” he says.

Barbara Thurmond, founder of Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc., found a disturbing trend back in the early 90’s.

“We just decided to call it what it was,” she said in 1997.

“What it was, we were blacks who were addressing the epidemic of black on black crime.”

“She was really concerned at the number of African American males and the rate they were dying,” Dicks says.

And some say it is slowly becoming an epidemic again, with recent murders and violence on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Eve Street, Pepperidge, and a gas station shooting.

Investigator Richard Roundtree says all of them were crimes committed by blacks on blacks.

“Right now it’s still a problem,” he says. “We have a lot of violent acts happening in our community. Unfortunately they are within some racial structure.”

“There are those of us who are starting to get the same feelings we got back in the 80’s that there is something wrong,” Dicks says, “that there are too many dead bodies showing up that there are too many shootings.”

So they’re picking up the pace once again, this time without Barbara Thurmond…the woman who left too soon, but never left anything undone.

The Sheriff’s Department agrees that more organizations like Blacks Against Black Crimes are needed in the community to help with the fight.

Barbara Thurmond’s funeral is set for later this week.

TV-12 coverage of the Barbara Thurmond “Farewell to an Angel”
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/3809441.html

WRDW TV-12 coverage Barbara Thurmond Farewell: Remembering an Angel

Augusta Remembers an Angel: Barbara Thurmond

Today, family, friends, and city leaders paid their last respects to a woman who spent much of her life fighting black on black crime and challenged the community to stand up.

By Reporter Domonique Benn
September 1, 2006

The city has proclaimed September 1 a day of mourning on behalf of Barbara Thurmond and her works on behalf of the community.

Today, family, friends, and city leaders paid their last respects to a woman who spent much of her life fighting black on black crime and challenged the community to stand up.

Barbara Thurmond was challenged herself, but she did not allow her disability to handicap her life.

Former mayoral candidate Willie Mays and Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams both called Thurmond friend.

“My friend Barbara was a person who owned a wheelchair, but that wheelchair did not own Barbara,” said Willie Mays.

“When she got ill, she still continued to fight to change the structure of the community as to what’s going on,” Marion Williams said.

A disturbing trend was going on in Augusta during the early 90’s, and it was Barbara Thurmond who worked to end black on black crime.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength calls her a friend of the sheriff’s office.

“It was a great concern of hers, and it’s a great concern of all of ours,” he said. “I just hope somebody picks up where she left off.”

“Because of her concern for her community, violent crimes went down and victim respect went up,” said Rep. Quincy Murphy.

But there will be big shoes to fill. Thurmond leaves behind a rich legacy.

District attorney Danny Craig met Thurmond soon after she began Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc.

“They went to government, schools, neighborhoods and they went to the streets,” he recalled.

“She did not allow her situation to take charge of her life,” said Thurmond’s cousin, Melvin Ivey.

“A few mornings ago our angel got her wings and just in eternity with her best friend the one who understood her and the one she never took her hand from,” Mays said.

Even after her death, today at her funeral, Thurmond was awarded a National Victims’ Assistance Award.

TV-12 coverage of anti-violence goals and dreams of the late Barbara Thurmond and the effort by churches to stem violence
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/4413161.html

WRDW TV-12 coverage The Goals of late Barbara Thurmond Live on in the Community: Local Churches Fight Violence With Prayer, Fasting

Local Churches Fight Violence With Prayer, Fasting

Local churches unite to fight increasing black on black crime.
It was the dying wish of Augusta’s Barbara Thurmond, a longtime crime fighter.
Today, it’s a reality.

By Reporter Stephanie Baker
October 16, 2006

Local churches unite to fight increasing black on black crime.

It was the dying wish of Augusta’s Barbara Thurmond, a longtime crime fighter.

Today, it’s a reality.

The group Blacks against Black Crime says the problem is out of control, and that’s why they’re kicking off a 40 day prayer vigil at New Creation Baptist Church.

The group’s leader says the goal is to remind people through prayer to value human life.

All the recent crime has a single mother living in fear.

Janice Dukes recently found herself face to face with the barrel of a gun…while her baby was in the car.

She says she was robbed at gunpoint in the Burger King drive-thru.

“All the time you always got to watch your back,” she told News 12.

“Ever since it happened I’m in after dark…and that shouldn’t have to be.”

Frank Johnson, president of Blacks against Black Crime, Inc., says crimes like that are part of an alarming trend.

“Folks are starting to devalue human life…and devaluing life is what we’re against,” he said.

Sgt. Richard Roundtree says black on black crimes are happening more often in areas with high African American populations, like Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Cooney Circle off Olive Road.

Those crimes continue to rise, with ten this weekend alone…including a shooting, a stabbing, and a drive-by shooting.

“Anytime you introduce a weapon into any situation, there’s potential for loss of life…and that’s our concern,” Sgt. Roundtree told News 12.

The sheriff’s office reports more than 2000 violent crimes in recent months, from simple assault to homicide.

That’s why Frank Johnson is turning to prayer.

“Right now we’re stopping to seek God’s guidance to see how God would solve this,” he said.

“We just need the community to come together,” said Janice Dukes.

They’re looking to God and the community to make black on black crime scenes a thing of the past.

The group is passing out Bible verses encouraging people to respect others. They’re also calling for a fast.

Everyone across the area is invited to participate in the prayer and the fast.
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The HEART of Barbara Thurmond

Barbara Thurmond and Blacks Against Blacks Crimes, Inc. joined with other organizations to create a innovation project called HEART (Health, Education Augusta Richmond Tools) – that was designed to improve the troubled aspects of African-American life and focused on communities suffering most under the negative effects of the disparities in health outcomes and treatment like African Americans and Latinos.

Those involved in the project included Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and community representatives, Blacks Against Blacks Crimes, Inc.; a pilot grant from the Southeast Community Research Center Tools for Change Project; funded by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation; Augusta-Richmond County Community Partnership for Children and Families, Inc.

HEART prioritized health issues, research and collect data in an effort to implement effective programs to improve health disparities in the black community to “make our city a better place in which to live” and is “crucial to the health and future of the African-American Community,” said Barbara Thurmond, Blacks Against Blacks Crimes, Inc. president.

Issues included environmental pollutants and waste sites created by local industries, high rates of cancer and other illnesses, poverty, crime, violence, and racism, and access to acceptable healthcare.

“Together we can make a difference in the lives of a substantial number of people,” said Thurmond, shortly before her untimely death.

The info on the project was explained in the Community Cornerstone (Winter/Spring 2005) A quarterly newsletter of the Augusta-Richmond County Community Partnership for Children and Families, Inc.

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/89284717?access_key=key-2n7dhne5ggw378um5vz1

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Barbara Thurmond, The Kwanzaa Gallery and the The African American Experience

Barbara Thurmond was involved in Family and Community: The African American Experience by the Kwanzaa Gallery Founder/Instructor Frank M. Johnson, Sr. of Augusta, Georgia.

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The Kwanzaa Gallery, Inc Founder and CEO Frank M. Johnson, Sr. is a graduate of Kansas State University.
A decorated military Vietnam Era veteran, Mr. Johnson has majored in Business Organizational and Human Resource Management.
Mr. Johnson is a co-founder of the Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce, the Augusta Summit of African American Business Enterprises, the CSRA African American Association, and graduate of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

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Family And Community: The African American Experience

Dedicated to the Work Started by Carter G. Woodson:

Collage of some of the bookcovers for "The Mis-Education of the Negro" by Carter G. Woodson

“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminatedCarter G. Woodson, author of “The Mis-Education of the Negro

The Mis-Education of the Negro is a book originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

The thesis of Dr. Woodson’s book is that African-Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools.

This conditioning, he claims, causes African-Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part.

He challenges his readers to become autodidacts and to “do for themselves”, regardless of what they were taught:

History shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.

Quote from the book:

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.”

Carter G. Woodson

Think Bigger, Stop the Miseducation, Stop the Madness, Stop the Killing

The Family and Community: The African American Experience PowerPoint Presentation includes Barbara Thurmond of Augusta.
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/88263878?access_key=key-1e47jpoufrp4rj3yxup5


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Barbara Thurmond Book Cover via Paperback Swap website

Before her death in 2006 Barbara Thurmond wrote a book about her love for Augusta’s youth and all humanity.

Entitled “Joy in my Heart: My Journey from Hopelessness to Happiness,” the book chronicles her experiences and explains the efforts stop the raging violence in African American communities across the Augusta area.

Joy in my Heart: My Journey from Hopelessness to Happiness

Paperback
Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN-13: 9781410769237
ISBN-10: 1410769232
8/14/2003 published
584 pages

Hardcover
Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN-13: 9781410769244
ISBN-10: 1410769240
8/1/2003 published
580 pages

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The 2012 Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. Annual Violence Awareness Program event was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Beulah Grove Community Resource Center in Augusta, Georgia.

Here are the TV news stories about the 2012 Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. Annual Violence Awareness Program in Augusta, Georgia

WAGT NBC 26: Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. Tackles Issue of Violence by Courtney Khondabi, reporter for NBC Augusta
http://www2.nbc26.tv/news/2012/apr/22/black-against-black-crime-inc-tackles-issue-violen-ar-3653326
http://nbc26.tv/ar/3653326/

NBC 26’s Courtney Khondabi reports on Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. as they tackle local violence

http://vp.mgnetwork.net/viewer.swf?u=dc907c86de2c102f8fb5001ec92a4a0d&z=AGT&embed_player=1

Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc. Tackles Local Violence by Jillian Benfield, reporter for WJBF News Channel 6
April 22, 2012
http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2012/apr/22/black-against-black-crimes-inc-tackles-local-viole-ar-3653550
http://wjbf.com/vi/127749/
http://video.wjbf.com/v/55629272/black-against-black-crimes-inc-tackles-local-violence.htm

WJBF TV6 video still from news story on 2012 Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. annual violence awareness event 4-21-12 by reporter Jillian Benfield

A group focused on black on black crimes in the Augusta area is revamping their efforts.
Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. held a forum on April 21, 2012 to discuss ways to stop the violence and assist crime victims as part of the 2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Video still photo by WJBF News Channel 6’s Jillian Benfield who covered the story

Augusta, GA – A group focused on black on black crimes is revamping their efforts.
Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc. held a forum this weekend to discuss ways to stop the violence as part of national crime week.
This group says we see it too often in Richmond County…a black man dying at the hands of another black man.
“Any violence is too much, but the things happening in Augusta is horrendous.” Kirby Turner is the Augusta Chapter President of Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc.
He says since the 90’s, they have been trying to reach out to all community members to find ways to stop the violence.
“We hear about the shootings, we hear about the cuttings, the stabbings, but what we’re not talking about is the mental abuse, the things that people are going through that’s causing them to get to that point.”
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2008 the prison and jail population was 60% African American.
According to the Black on Black Crime Coalition, 43% of all murder victims in 2007 were African American, 93 % of whom were killed by other African Americans.
“I put it a lot as hatred and ignorance,” says Turner.
Turner says they try to focus on programs like this one to make a dent in those numbers. Turner says this group wants to get even more involved in our county, especially in the schools.
They hope that by educating children while they’re young, Richmond County will have a safer future.

http://vp.mgnetwork.net/viewer.swf?u=78499d68dec0102f8fb5001ec92a4a0d&z=JBF&embed_player=1

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/89385306?access_key=key-ara26xw5ybif9uro0tb

Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. Annual Violence Awareness Program event on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/387956301234646

The following information from Mr. Kirby L. Turner should be of great importance to everyone who cares about our youth – and there should be similar efforts and campaigns across the South, our major cities, the entire United States and, in fact, The World!

Facebook page about the event has been created by Kirby L. Turner
https://www.facebook.com/events/387956301234646
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1585117503

Beulah Grove Community Resource Center
1446 Lee Beard Way
Augusta, GA
30901-3414

706-722-4999 (office)

Mr. Kirby L. Turner

Kirby L. Turner

Kirby L. Turner stated and posted a very important message to all who are concerned about our youth:

“The whole world is having problems.

In the CSRA we as a hole are having the most and the most importance, Why?

I am glad you asked, The crimes here are in our faces and it must STOP!

Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. holds an Annual Violence Awareness Program.

We want to give those who have had violence in their lives a chance to express themselves and WE show them some LOVE.

Kirby L. Turner
kltinc@earthlink.net
https://www.facebook.com/events/387956301234646

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Augusta, Chicago, Presidential politics, The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III and the late Barbara Thurmond
Collage of the late Barbara Thurmond, Rev. Otis B. Moss III, and the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta

By Greg Peterson with info/quotes directly from Wikipedia and an unedited part of a story in the Augusta Chronicle written by Staff Writer Dena Levitz that includes quotes from Moss and Thurmond

In 1997, The Rev. Otis B. Moss III moved to Augusta, Georgia – where he’d spend almost a decade – as pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, originally founded in 1885 as Beulah Baptist Church.

The church served as a local base during the Civil Rights Movement.

Stop the violence and victim’s right advocate Barbara A. Thurmond attended Tabernacle Baptist Church and Moss was her favorite pastor.

On Friday, September 1, 2006, Rev. Moss III would officiate at the funeral of Barbara Thurmond – following her untimely death on August 25, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia.

Funeral services for Thurmond were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2006 inside her Tabernacle Baptist Church.

The Rev. Otis B. Moss III from Emory University websiteEven while the community mourned the loss of Thurmond and her fight to protect children, Rev. Moss III just made the decision to leave Augusta after two important and destiny-laden job offers.

One offer was to succeed his father – Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. – as pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

The other offer was to move to Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, an 8,500-member United Church of Christ megachurch to become the successor of the popular but controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright – who was destined for national controversy over his no holds barred blunt sermons because one of his flock was soon-to-be President Barack Obama.

After prayer and fasting, Moss says he felt God’s call was for him to go to Chicago in June 2006, initially as Wright’s assistant.
This also meant changing from leading a Baptist Church to being pastor at the United Church of Christ (UCC).

Wright gave his last sermons as pastor on February 10, 2008.

The Rev. Otis B. Moss III delivers sermon at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago

After some guest sermons, Moss took the pulpit on March 9, 2008

Then-Senator Barack Obama and family were members of Trinity United Church of Christ, and on March 13, during his 2008 presidential campaign a controversy broke out over racially and politically charged sermons by retiring Pastor Wright.

National Public Radio story about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright entitled “Following in Footsteps of a Controversial Minister”
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88607509

While Obama’s candidacy had brought attention to the church, this brought even more attention to it.

Moss is a board member of popular magazine “The Christian Century.”

In an October 22, 2004 Augusta Chronicle story that included quotes from Barbara Thurmond, Rev. Moss was asked his opinions about the presidential campaign between incumbent Republican Georgia W. Bush and Democratic contender Sen. John F. Kerry – just two weeks before the General Election.

The “South’s Oldest Newspaper–Established 1785” the Augusta Chronicle is the star of a southern newspaper chain well-known for its right-wing editorials.

The Augusta Chronicle story was entitled “Black leaders see range of Kerry support” (10/22/04) and was written by Staff Writer Dena Levitz.

Below are excerpts from the story – to read the entire story click on this link:
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/22/met_432015.shtml

The Rev. Otis B. Moss III, the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, said there are some black Augustans who will vote for Mr. Bush because of his opposition to gay marriage, but overall he thinks Mr. Kerry’s stock is actually rising in the black community.

Throughout the summer the sentiment was very much against Mr. Bush, but not really in favor of Mr. Kerry because he was not connecting with black voters and their issues, the Rev. Moss said.

In the past month, though, ambivalence toward Mr. Kerry appears to be turning to support, mainly because of a few recent events, the Rev. Moss said.

“They’re upset about the attacks by (Bush adviser) Karl Rove’s team on Kerry in reference to his service in the Vietnam War.

They saw it as an attack on them and anyone who thought the war was not completely right,” the Rev. Moss said.

That the president did not attend the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People convention also turned black voters on to Mr. Kerry, he said.

Barbara Thurmond, the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc., a local nonprofit agency, said her vote is undoubtedly going to Mr. Kerry, although she has no real attachment to him.

What Ms. Thurmond said she does care about is the economy, the loss of jobs overseas and improving funding for the No Child Left Behind Act – three issues that arose when black community leaders were interviewed.

Another deciding issue among black voters is the war in Iraq.

This sense of betrayal extends to both parties, which is why blacks struggle to find a candidate they can get behind, the Rev. Moss said.

“Republicans distance themselves from issues of affirmative action, freedoms and civil liberties,” he said. “Democrats take our vote for granted to try to get the support of the soccer mom.”

Still, the Rev. Moss said the swell of negativity against the sitting president will propel a large number of black voters to the polls, even young black voters.
Wikipedia page about the 2004 Presidential Election:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2004

The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia: Barbara Thurmond loved her church and pastor

Photo by David William Reed
Beautiful photo of Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia taken on April 3, 2011 by David William Reed

Beautiful photo of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia taken on April 3, 2011 by David William Reed of Norcross, Georgia (via flickr – username davidwilliamreed)

Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia banner

Tabernacle Baptist Church
Augusta, Georgia
http://www.tbcaugusta.org
http://www.tbcaugusta.org/staff.asp

Rev. Charles E. Goodman, Jr. - pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia:

The Reverend Charles E. Goodman, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.
Pastor Goodman is a native of North Carolina.

Reverend Dr. Charles Thomas Walker - thinker, writer and preacher - founder of Tabernacle Baptists Church in Augusta, Georgia:

The church was founded in 1885 by the Reverend Dr. Charles Thomas Walker (1858-1921) – who was described as a noble thinker, writer and preacher.
Born a slave and orphaned at the age of 8, Rev. Walker overcame obstacles to become “an ordained Baptist minister, a writer, a newspaper publisher, a speaker and some say one of the most influential men and theologian in America at the turn of the century.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kHA6vvEoqk
http://negroartist.com/writings/Civil%20War%20era%20and%20post%20Civil%20War/Life%20of%20Charles%20T.%20Walker,%20D.D.pdf
http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/floyd/floyd.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14243569

Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia - Photo by Rebecca Rogers

The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia
Photo by Rebecca Rogers

Tabernacle Baptist Church
1223 Laney-Walker Boulevard
Augusta, GA
30901

706-724-1230 (church office)
706-724-1231 (fax)

Sunday morning services
8 a.m. Worship services
9:30 a.m. Sunday school
11 a.m. Worship services

Banner collage Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago

The Rev. Otis Moss III: Photo from the Click For Justice and Equality Blogspot page

The Rev. Otis B. Moss III
Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago:
http://www.trinitychicago.org
http://www.trinitychicago.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=40
http://www.trinitychicago.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=27

Trinity United Church of Christ
400 West 95th Street
Chicago, Illinois
60628

773-962-5650 (church)
773-962-0164 (fax)
info@TrinityChicago.org

Church Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reception Desk Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sundays: 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Akiba Bookstore
400 West 95th Street
Chicago, Illinois
60628

Akiba Bookstore:
773-962-5660
888-962-5660

AKIBA Bookstore Hours:
Monday – Thursday – 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday – 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – Following All Worship Services

The Rev. Otis B. Moss III
Former Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis_Moss_III

Rev. Otis B. Moss III is named pastor of the nationally-renowned Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC) in Chicago
http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-4703-the-rev-otis-moss-iii-to-be-installed-at-trinity-church.html

The Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.:

The Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.: Photo from Central United Methodist Church websiteFriend of U.S. Presidents, highly respect black leader, after 33 years of service Moss retired in 2008 from Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, 1956 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, served for over 10 years as chair of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees; serves on the Morehouse board’s executive committee; board member and regional director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), presently serves President Barack Obama on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership Council, was the special guest of former President Bill Clinton at the 1994 Peace Treaty signing between Israel and Jordan, was co-pastor with Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA – and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss Current Trends in Religion.
His son – the Rev. Otis B. Moss III – served as Barbara Thurmond’s pastor in Augusta and had moved to a major position in Chicago when she died and he returned to officiate Thurmond’s funeral.
http://www.morehouse.edu/about/boardbios/omoss.html
http://centralumchurch.com/docsfor200/drmoss.pdf
http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=1049&category=religionMakers
http://www.dorothycottoninstitute.org/about-dorothy-cotton-institute/dci-dorothy-cotton-institute-national-advisors/rev-dr-otis-moss-jr/

The Rev. Otis B. Moss III celebrated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a multifaith gathering on February 23, 2012 at Amherst College:
https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge/video/node/382844

The Rev. Otis B. Moss III is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-otis-moss-iii
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-otis-moss-iii/blue-note-gospel_b_1126621.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-otis-moss-iii/christianity-faith_b_1178369.html
The Rev. Otis B. Moss III from Day1.org

http://day1.org/1443-the_rev_otis_moss_iii

The Rev. Otis Moss III speaks out about Tragic Teen Murders in Chicago and the official youtube page of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk9QQpd1_ns
http://www.youtube.com/TRINITYCHGO

Redemption in a red light district: Messages of hope, healing, and empowerment” by Rev. Otis B. Moss III (2000) 128 pages
http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-red-light-district-empowerment/dp/1885066759
http://books.google.com/books/about/Redemption_in_a_red_light_district.html?id=IK9pAAAACAAJ

FOUR-G Publishers
Winter Park, Florida
http://isbndb.com/d/publisher/four_g_publishers.html

ISBN:
1885066759
ISBN-13:
9781885066756

Subjects: Baptists

We Have Nothing to Lose” by Rev. Otis Moss III (Jan 15, 2010) – Unabridged, Audio Edition Available at Audible.com

Preach!: The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise” by Rev. Otis Moss III, Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. and Andrew Young (Jun 30, 2012)
Pilgrim Press, 96 pages

ISBN:
082981907X
ISBN-13:
9780829819076

Subjects: Religion, Sermons, Christian

We Are All Trayvon Martin” by Rev. Otis Moss III (Apr 13, 2012)
“We must dismantle the fraternity of racism and build an altar of love and justice,” writes the pastor of President Obama’s former church
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/13/we-are-all-trayvon-martin.html

Rev. Otis Moss III wrote:

Trayvon Martin was violated by the cruelty of gun violence, but was violated again by privilege, power, and the cruelty of a system that believes black boys, whether on the honor roll or college bound, are suspect.
Black boys in hoodies are aesthetically and unconsciously calling for violent action.

Black boys who do not “acquiesce” to strange men without “judicial” authority asking for information or a passbook are considered instigators.
Black boys who are late to school, or laugh with friends, and engage in silly teenage behavior are “examples of gangster culture.”

None of my white friends will ever have to worry about his or her child in the same manner.
My son, smart, creative, funny, caring and witty, will be viewed as a threat, suspect or suspicious, by certain sectors of society.
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The Richmond County School Board Bans Books

Barbara Thurmond opposes banning books and ideas – especially when the book is important lesson to the black youth of our nation

Barbara Thurmond was deeply disappointed in the narrow views of the Richmond County Board of Education when in 2004 it voted to ban the acclaimed book “Kaffir Boy” by Mark Mathabane – about overcoming the evils of Apartheid – because of one innocuous but painfully accurate sexual reference in the 339 page book.

The book Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa” is a 1986 autobiography by Mark Mathabane about his life under the South African apartheid regime.

Author Mark Mathabane

Author Mark Mathabane

Mark Mathabane describes the utter horror and brutality of the apartheid system in the 60s and 70s and how he escaped.

Despite being a poor black youth from the township Alexandra, Mathabane developed into a well-known tennis player.
Mr. Mark Mathabane details how young black children dealt with humiliating racism and stereotypes fostered by South African apartheid.
Because of his quest for education and talent, Mathabane rose out of “despair and destitution and make something of himself,” Wikipedia states.

Kaffir Boy book coverKaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa” by Mark Mathabane

http://mathabane.com
http://mathabane.com/mark_mathabane_books.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaffir_Boy
http://www.amazon.com/Kaffir-Boy-Autobiography-The-Youths-Apartheid/dp/0684848287
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kaffir-boy-mathabane/1100534091
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Kaffir-Boy/Mark-Mathabane/9780684848280
http://www.shmoop.com/kaffir-boy
http://www.classzone.com/novelguides/litcons/kaffir/guide.cfm
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Honoring two community servants and victim’s rights advocate who Barbara Thurmond respected: Then-D.A. Superior Court Judge Danny Craig and D.A.’s office victim assistant coordinator Sheila Stahl:

Composite of City of Augusta Banner

Former Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney and Superior Court Judge Danny Craig – whom Barbara Thurmond said – put victims first and gave long terms to violent offenders

Official photo of Augusta Judicial Cuircuit Superior Court Judge Daniel "Danny" CraigBarbara Thurmond recognized then-Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig for helping to reduce black-on-black violence because he implemented some of the requests of her group resulting in “a much better system and a safer community.”

Craig listened to “the voices of all crime victims and has prosecuted homicide cases equitably,” Thurmond said. “We have seen more murder convictions for black-on-black homicide” and “this has contributed to the decline” in violent crime.

After first being elected in 1993, Craig served District Attorney of the Augusta Judicial Circuit for about 15 years.

If Barbara were alive today – she’d still be contacting Craig, who is now a superior court judge.

Former Augusta Judicial Circuit D.A. Danny Craig raises his hand on Monday, February 18, 2008 in the Georgia Senate chamber of the Capitol in Atlanta to take the oath of office for Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge. Mr. Craig’s wife Crystal Craig watches holding a Bible. (Morris News Service Photo by Walter C. Jones) http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/02/19/met_187864.shtml

In Feb. 2008, Craig became a Superior Court Judge – appointed by the governor to replace 11-year Judge Neal Dickert who resigned and returned to private law practice.

Assistant D.A. Rebecca “Ashley” Wright to replace Craig as District Attorney in 2008 and she has won re-election since.

Superior Court Judge Danny Craig handles domestic, civil and criminal cases for Richmond, Columbia and Burke Counties in east Georgia.

Danny Craig video still by WRDW TV-12 in North Augusta, S.C.

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/15669567.html
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/02/19/met_187864.shtml

Always willing to serve, Judge Craig has portrayed well-known local figures of the past during Historic Augusta’s “Walk With the Spirits” cemetery tours including at Summerville Cemetery and Magnolia Cemetery, one of Augusta’s oldest cemeteries.
Judge Craig’s historical portrayals included a famous Augusta, Georgia father and son:

Rev. James Sanford Lamar (1829-1908) Portrait of The Rev. James Sanford Lamar in The Living Pulpit of the Christian Church, ed. W. T. Moore. Cincinnati: R. W. Carroll, 1868.

The Rev. James Sanford Lamar (1829-1908), the pastor of First Christian Church, publisher of The Christian Union and later associate editor of the Christian Standard (wrote “Organon of Scripture: Or the Inductive Method of Biblical Interpretation”).

United States Supreme Court Justice Joseph Rucker Lamar (1857-1916). 1910 U.S. Government photo of United States Supreme Court Justice Joseph Rucker Lamar from Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs.

Joseph Rucker Lamar (1857-1916), an Augusta lawyer and United States Supreme Court Justice in the early 20th century who died after only five years on the court (Dec. 17, 1910 – Jan. 2, 1916) after falling into ill-health – dying only 8 years after his father.

Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig
735 James Brown Blvd.
Suite 4206
Augusta, Georgia
30901

Teresa Thompson, Secretary

706-821-2365 (office)
706-721-1091 (fax)
http://www.augustaga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1257
Court Calendar by County
Richmond County Calendars
Columbia County Calendars
Burke County Calendars

Barbara Thurmond requested paying tribute to victim’s right advocate Sheila Stahl of Augusta, Georgia – who worked for then-D.A. Danny Craig:

Victim's rights advocate Sheila Stahl in an Augusta courtroom during late 2000 with the husband of a U.S. Army Sgt. who was killed by a mass murderer. Photo by Jonathan Ernst, Augusta Chronicle Staff

Richmond County District Attorney’s office Victim Assistance coordinator Sheila Stahl (right) talks with Jason Glista (left), the husband of serial murder victim Marni Glista, before the arraignment hearing for mass murderer Reinaldo Rivera at the Augusta Law Enforcement Center.
Reinaldo Rivera sits on Georgia’s Death Row awaiting execution for the murder and rape of four Augusta area women: Army Sgt. Marni Glista, 21, who died on Sept. 9, 2000; Tabitha Bosdell, 17; Melissa Dingess, 17; and Tiffaney Wilson, 17.
Photo by Jonathan Ernst, Augusta Chronicle Staff

Honoring Sheila Stahl, who was director of the Victims Assistance Department of the Augusta-Richmond County judicial system until February 2002.
Stahl worked feverishly on many levels to help victims of crime:
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/07/11/met_211177.shtml
http://murderpedia.org/male.R/r/rivera-reinaldo-photos-1.htm
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/01/02/met_277233.shtml
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/02/01/liv_509727.shtml
http://chronicle.augusta.com/images/headlines/110400/slideshow2/slide11.html
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Barbara Thurmond was a big advocate for preventing crimes and helping victims and believed in those who protect and help sexual assault, rape and domestic violence victims – and among those leaders in the Augusta area is Anne Ealick-Henry:

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (RCSAS) at University Hospital (University Health Systems) in Augusta, Georgia:

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (RCSAS) at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia
http://www.universityhealth.org/body.cfm?id=38115&action=detail&ref=45

Anne Ealick-Henry, executive director
aealickhenry@uh.org
706-774-2740 (office)
706-774-8759 (fax)

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Anytime of the day or night victims of rape and sexual assault can call these numbers:
706-724-5200 (24-Hour Crisis Line in Augusta)
National Sexual Assault Hotline:
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Check the RCSAS Calendar of Events for specific dates of events and other information or call 706-724-5200

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services
University Hospital
1350 Walton Way
Augusta, Georgia
30901

Building a community free of sexual violence: Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (RCSAS) at University Hospital (University Health Systems) in Augusta, Georgia - April 2012 Event Facebook PhotosBuilding a community free of sexual violence: Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (RCSAS) at University Hospital (University Health Systems) in Augusta, Georgia - April 2012 Event Facebook Photos

Facebook page for the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (RCSAS) in Augusta
Building a community free of sexual violence
http://www.facebook.com/RCSAS/info
http://www.facebook.com/RCSAS

U.S. Attorney Southern District of Georgia Observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2012

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
http://www.justice.gov/usao/gas/pr/2010/21SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth.pdf

April 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month events held in Augusta:
16th Annual Take Back the Night Rally and Walk to Prevent Sexual Violence

Augusta State University Brings Awareness to 2012 Sexual Assault Month

Augusta State University brings awareness to sexual assault
ASU counselor Shannon Nix at 706-737-1471
http://www.asupr.com/asureport/2012/04/asu-brings-awareness-to-sexual-assault
http://guides.aug.edu/saam
http://www.asubellringer.com/students-unite-against-sexual-violence/

Sexual Assault Awareness Month logo
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
2012 national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign
http://www.nsvrc.org/saam
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http://www.nsvrc.org/blog/saam
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http://www.facebook.com/nsvrc
http://www.youtube.com/nsvrc
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Vimeo page for National Sexual Violence Resource Center
http://vimeo.com/nsvrc

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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center - Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Twitter

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Anne Ealick-Henry serves on many organizations and boards inc;luding she is the executive director of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services (RCSAS) at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia:

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Anne Ealick-Henry is on the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. Board of Directors Development Committee
http://www.gshg.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=216&Itemid=185

Ms. Ealick-Henry is the executive director of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services at University Hospital in Augusta.

She serves on the board of directors of Prevent Child Abuse Augusta and the Georgia Network (Coalition) to End Sexual Assault as well as on the Rape Crisis and Sexual Services Advisory Board; state advisory committee for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia; the Augusta Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force and Sexual Assault Protocol Committee.

She is a past board member of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault.

Ms. Ealick-Henry has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Augusta College.

Her scouting career began early on as a Brownie; she remained active through Senior Girl Scouts and has volunteered as a troop leader and service unit manager.
She was a board member of the Girl Scouts of Central Savannah River Council, serving a term as first vice president, and received the Girl Scout Thanks Badge in 2006.

An Augusta resident, Ms. Ealick-Henry has just served a one-year term on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc.

Ms. Ealick-Henry serves on the 2011-2012 Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia
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Interview with Mr. James Rowland:

An Oral History of the Crime Victim Assistance Field – Video and Audio Archive hosted by the University of Akron and Justice Solutions
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Barbara Thurmond believed that youth organizations are vital to helping to raise well-rounded positive children and teens – our future adults – and spoke often of her love for the benefits of the Girl Scouts in the Augusta area and across the world:

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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. – formerly Central Savannah River Council of the Girl Scouts in the Augusta area
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706-774-0505 (office)
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Cheryl Hecker
checker@gshg.org
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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place

Augusta Press Release of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. (May 1, 2011):
Two Area Girl Scouts Earn Prestigious Gold Award
http://www.gshg.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=532&tmpl=component&format=raw&Itemid=125
May 1, 2011: Girl Scouts Earn Gold Awards (Augusta)
http://www.gshg.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=532&Itemid=119
http://www.gshg.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_details&gid=532&Itemid=119
 
Augusta Press Release of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. (May 2, 2011):
Girl Scouts Host Grand Opening at Camp Tanglewood on Columbia Road in Martinez, Georgia
Cabin Built as Part of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The wheelchair accessible cabin, made of logs harvested from a Canadian forest fire, replaces cabins lost to fire at Camp Tanglewood
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May 2, 1011: Girl Scouts Host Grand Opening at Camp Tanglewood
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Find more Augusta area information from the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc.:
http://www.gshg.org/index.php?option=com_googlesearch_cse&n=30&cx=001072152344508478191%3Agsd7vye1gmy&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=augusta&hl=en

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“Black Crimes Against Black Humanity”
Posted on 04/19/2011 by Diane Bukowski

Voice of Detroit contributing editor Greg Thrasher at Lansing, Michigan rally April 13, 2011

Voice of Detroit contributing editor Greg Thrasher

By Greg Thrasher
http://voiceofdetroit.net/2011/04/19/black-crimes-against-black-humanity

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“Do blacks care about black on black crime?”
Jan. 2009 story

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/01/do-blacks-care-about-black-on-black-crime/6557/

An organization similar to the anti-violence group founded by Barbara Thurmond and Earnestine Covington in Augusta, Georgia:

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Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits: Black-on-Black Crime Coalition
http://www.hhscenter.org/bonbstat.html

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http://www.abhmuseum.org

An op-ed on black-on-black crime in the New York Times:
Playing the Violence Card By Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Op-Ed Contributor
April 5, 2012
If Barbara Thurmond had written this op-ed, she would have concentrated more on personal responsibility.
So while the author concentrates on solving the societal problems related to black-on-black crime – (that Barbara would also agree with) – she would want us to take more personal responsibility in solving the problem – like proper parenting, strong family values and much more.
However, Barbara would also say that we must work together to come up with solutions – and that the opinion of everyone who cares – must be heard.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/opinion/playing-the-violence-card.html

Stop the Killing Campaigns:

Stop The Killing Campaign For “A Better Brooklyn”
http://www.facebook.com/abetterbrooklyn

Story on Peace Week Against Violence in New York City and the effort to Stop the Killing from Black Radio Network: Rap music mogul Russell Simmons called for “all senseless killings and street violence to end because law enforcement can’t do it alone.”
http://www.blackradionetwork.com/stop_the_killing_campaign_launched_

SKSW Campaign (the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women)
http://www.wikigender.org/index.php/The_Global_Campaign_to_Stop_Killing_and_Stoning_Women
http://www.violenceisnotourculture.org/home1

Stop Political Killings Campaign
http://www.kilusangmayouno.org/taxonomy/term/15/0?page=3

Save the Children: Stop the killing in Syria petition
http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/stop-the-killing-in-syria

Save the Children
http://www.savethechildren.org
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Remembering Stop the Violence and Killing advocate Barbara A. Thurmond through her stories, letters to the editor and editorials in Augusta Chronicle:

#1 Augusta murder scene pulished on Jan. 22, 2003 in the Augusta newspaper story 'Black slayings lead homicide data' by Greg Rickabaugh

This Augusta Chronicle photo of a murder scene is similar to other countless murder sites that happen daily in American cities and are all too common in inner city locations – and that saddened the late Barbara Thurmond, co-founder of Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc.
Similar death scenes happen every week and sometimes several times a week just in the Augusta, Georgia area.
Please do what you can to stop the violence in your community.

Augusta Chronicle graphic: 1996-1998 Crime rate decrease stats from the Richmond County Sherrif's Department

Black slayings lead homicide data by Greg Rickabaugh
have what I would call promising leads,” the major said. Barbara Thurmond, the president of Augusta-based Blacks Against Black Crime Inc., said the killings are the reason her organization continues its education campaign. “What other group
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/01/22/met_365849.shtml

Celebrating the lives of Barbara A. Thurmond and others who are anti-violence leaders: Music, sermon stir audience at celebration
Brown and memorial tributes to Coretta Scott King; Rosa Parks; Barbara Thurmond, a co-founder of Augusta’s Blacks Against Black Crime Inc.; Pat Jones, the director of the Augusta Youth Center; Juvenile Court Judge Herbert E. Kernaghan, Jr.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/01/16/met_112649.shtml

Campaign to protest crime fulfills co-founder’s dream
all the churches, fellowship with them and let them know that we are here,” said Frank Johnson, the head of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. Ms. Thurmond, a co-founder of the organization, died Aug. 25. She had founded the organization to
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/10/18/met_100934.shtml

Across the Area: Vigil to be held for violence in Augusta
to kick off a 40-day prayer vigil in response to killings and gun violence in Augusta.
Frank Johnson, the head of the group, said the group founded by the late Barbara Thurmond is asking all churches in the area to join in the vigil.
Ms. Thurmond, 56, a graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School, died this summer.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/10/15/met_100596.shtml

Keep reaching for the dream
Monday, Jan. 15, 2007
(4 and a half months after the death of Barbara Thurmond)
it’s time we cared about how every neighborhood looks and feels to live in.
That we need to keep the spirit of Barbara Thurmond alive, and end black-on-black crime in Augusta.
Dr. King might chuckle about sounding old and all, but that
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/01/15/edi_112384.shtml

Raps Georgia law protecting gun industry
Augusta, Georgia. How long will Georgia wear the title of the gun belt and the gun-running state of the nation? Not only does the National Rifle Association own the Republican Party, they also own our legislators. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/03/04/op_255148.shtml

Augusta Chronicle photo of teachers and authors from a February 2005 story entitled “Book fairs teach value of reading” by Staff Writer Greg Rickabaugh about the Murphey Middle School annual Family and Community Book Fair including Augusta author Barbara Thurmond, who wrote “Joy in My Heart: My Journey From Hopelessness to Happiness”: Barbara Thurmond book

Augusta Chronicle photo of teacher Edward Maner and authors from a February 20, 2005 story entitled “Book fairs teach value of reading” by Staff Writer Greg Rickabaugh about the Murphey Middle School annual Family and Community Book Fair:
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/02/20/met_443864.shtml
Pictured above are Murphey Middle School teacher and author Edward Maner (right) who got local authors Eunice Harris (from left), Christine Deriso and Rich Everitt to come to the school’s book fair. Photo by Augusta Chronicle staff photographer Rob Carr.
Worried about the growing problem of illiteracy in public schools, teacher Edward Maner at Murphey Middle School helps organize annual book fairs at the struggling school that saw nearly half the pupils not pass state requirements in 2004 for reading and language arts.
Maner suggested the school literacy committee invite authors to the school in an annual event that has been growing ever since including 40 authors in 2005.
There is “a problem with reading in our public schools,” Maner said.
“People are reading on a lower level. The only way that is going to improve is to read, to push and emphasize reading”
The school-sponsored Family and Community Book Fair allows pupils, parents and the public to meet book authors from the Augusta area and the Southeast, Mr. Maner said.
The students met writers and were given suggested reading including author Barbara Thurmond, who wrote “Joy in My Heart: My Journey From Hopelessness to Happiness.”

It appears the book fairs and other education efforts has helped the students at Murphey Middle School in Augusta based on 2010 state test scores for grades 6 – 8:

http://www.trulia.com/schools/GA-Augusta/Murphey_Middle_School
Murphey Middle School 2010 Scores for state of Georgia tests Grades 7 & 8Murphey Middle School 2010 Scores for state of Georgia tests Grade 6
Book fairs teach value of reading
Worried about the growing problem of illiteracy in public schools, Murphey Middle School teacher Edward Maner has organized annual book fairs at the struggling school, where nearly half the pupils did not pass state requirements for reading and language arts last year. Manner attracted 10 authors to the fair the first year, and 20 the next year. Now, he has 40 authors for the third annual event including author Barbara Thurmond, who wrote “Joy in My Heart: My Journey From Hopelessness to Happiness” and her pastor, The Rev. Otis Moss III, author of “Redemption in a Red Light District.” Among the other authors set to appear are poetry author Eunice Harris and former WAGT-TV anchor Rich Everitt, who wrote Falling Stars: Air Crashes that Filled Rock & Roll Heaven. A list of authors and their work: Donna Brown: The Essence of Innocence … Undeniable Betrayal … Unforgiven Love; Arimae Burrell: Looking Back with Love; Cynthia Butler: The Beginning of Forever; Lucinda Clark: View From the Middle of the Road Where the Greenest Grass Grows; Cathy Cobb: Creations of FireKawand Crawford: Love, Loyalty and Dangerous Games; Ruth Crawford: The Woods Afire; Jewel Daniels: The Enterprising Entrepreneur; Sam Davis: When the Multitude Comes; Christine Deriso: Dreams to Grow On; Rich Everitt: Falling Stars: Air Crashes that Filled Rock & Roll Heaven; Barbara Franklin: Turning Around; Gregory Fuller: From Bliss to a Blizzard; Kenneth Gainous: Be a Contender, Not Just a Contestant!; Elouise Golphin: Poetry for All Reasons; Patrick Green: Son Down; Cornell Harris: Dare 2 Dream Like King; Eunice Harris: Love Pearls; Ira Harrison: Acts of Joy; Marti Healy: The God Dog Connection; Walter Lamb: So You Think You Are A Good Citizen; Mattie Lawson: From Colored Water Till Now; Willie Lewis: Purple Patches Down On The Side Of The Road; Stanley Lott: Slavery and the U.S. Government; Phyllis Maclay: A Bone for the Dog; Edward Maner: Looking at Real Life through the Eyes of an American Bad Boy; Elaine Mitchell: Powerful Words of Wisdom; Wayne O’Bryant: Who is Rael?; Yadira Payne: Out of the Rain; Sylvia Ramsey: Pulse Points of a Woman’s World; John Rigdon: Battle of Aiken; Lynette Samuel: The Middle is the Best Part!; Jayme Smalley: As the Butterbeans Boil; Gerald Smith: Black American Series – Augusta, Georgia; Jerry Smith: It’s Still Time to Stop Blaming the White Man; Henry Summerall Jr.: Glorify God With Your Body; Candy Williams: You Knew I Was an Addict; Michael Williams: An Extension of Time to Die for: Maylee’s Nightmare
Auto download copy of Augusta Chronicle story courtesy SylvialRamsey.com: “Book fairs teach value of reading” by Staff Writer Greg Rickabaugh about the Murphey Middle School annual Family and Community Book Fair
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/02/20/met_443864.shtml

‘Kaffir Boy’ is insightful novel
denigrate our struggle. I am an African-American who has made the connection to Africa. Although I have not made the physical journey, I have made the mental journey with the hope of one day making the physical one. Barbara Thurmond Augusta
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/09/19/let_428935.shtml

“They were our sons and daughters”
pursuing the violent lives espoused by popular movies and musicians, said Terence Dicks, treasurer of Blacks Against Black Crimes. “Death is the wrong way to go towards immortality,” Mr. Dicks said. The Rev. Oscar Brown, pastor of
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Augusta anti-violence group, the district attorney seek bill to prevent accused killers from being released on bond before trial
Constitution prohibits excessive bail or fines. “The wait is a little hard,” said Barbara Thurmond of Blacks Against Black Crime – a local anti-violence group that has been pushing for the bill. “I really do understand though,” she said.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/02/09/met_203762.shtml

Lawmakers re-work Georgia no parole bill to ensure constitutionality
will be constitutional. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits excessive bail or fines. Blacks Against Black Crime – a local anti-violence organization – is working with Mr. Howard on the bill. Mr. Howard said he hopes
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Killer of former cop’s teen daughter – is paroled in 2011 – about 19 years after she committed murder:
Former Augusta Police officer becomes activist after his daughter’s murder – and then is shot himself in drive-by shooting

Augusta Chronicle photo of activist Frank Howard, who is holding the photo of his daughter 17-year-old Phalonda Howard who was murdered nearly 6 years earlier in in July 1992 - and the photo is for a January 16, 1997 Augusta Chronicle story entitled "Bill would keep suspects behind bars" – Of course, Howard did not realize that he would be shot and wounded nearly 5 years after this photo was taken while he was an activist with Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. and its future president.

Closeup of Phalonda Howard - who has never been forgotten.  Photo is from a Augusta Chronicle StoryAbove is an Augusta Chronicle photo from January 1997 of activist and former Augusta cop Frank Howard – seen holding the photo of his murdered teen daughter Phalonda Howard.
17-year-old Phalonda Howard was murdered nearly 6 years earlier in July 1992 by a teen – Catara Levelle Hill.
While awaiting her murder trial, Hill was free on the streets of Augusta on a $15,000 bail on a murder charge – thus delaying her trial in the death of 17-year-old Phalonda Howard of Augusta.
Killer Catara Hill was freed from jail – and allowed to walk the streets – while awaiting her murder trial for killing Frank Howard’s teenage daughter Phalonda.
The photo of Frank Howard holding his daughter’s photo is for January 16, 1997 Augusta Chronicle story entitled “Bill would keep suspects behind bars.”
Of course, Howard did not realize that he would be shot and wounded nearly 5 years after this photo was taken while he was an activist with Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. and its future president.
The story is about a bill introduced by Georgia State Rep. Henry Howard of Augusta that would keep people charged with murder behind bars until they can be tried.
Ms. Hill was eventually convicted – and reconvicted – for the murder, but the four-year ordeal tested Mr. Howard’s Christian faith.
http://supreme-court-georgia.vlex.com/vid/hill-v-the-state-20393280
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ga-supreme-court/1460385.html
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Mr. Howard eventually forgave Ms. Hill for his daughter’s death but used the tragedy to help other victims of violent crime.
The bill would reassure the community that dangerous offenders would be taken off the streets and could reduce the number of revenge killings, said Barbara Thurmond, head of Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc.
“Part of me died with her that day. That’s why I’m working so hard now,” said Mr. Howard in the Augusta Chronicle news story.
Meanwhile in a tragic irony, Frank Howard – a former Augusta Police officer – was wounded in the chest during a November 9, 2001 drive-by shooting by Glenn W. Stephenson, 41, who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and a weapons violation.
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Frank Howard was shot by Glenn W. Stephenson during November 2001 – while driving home Stephenson’s estranged wife – Jacqueline Stephenson, who had a restraining order against her estranged husband.
Mr. Stephenson already was facing charges of aggravated stalking and making harassing telephone calls before the shooting, Assistant District Attorney Charles Weigle said.
And as often happens the nightmare for victim’s continues – as convicted killer Catara Levelle Hill was paroled by the state of Georgia on May 31, 2011 at the age of 37.
The parole comes bout 19 years after Hill murdered 17-year-old Phalonda Howard.
Hill lists an address in Cornelia, Georgia – and must report to a parole office in Clarkesville, Georgia (706-754-6701).
She is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds – as Georgia gambles she will never kill again.
http://www.pap.state.ga.us/ParoleeDatabase/Controller?zipcode_text=&inmate_no_text=&submit_report=Search&name_text=cat

State of Georgia parole photo of convicted Augusta teen killer Catara Levelle Hill - who was paroled in 2011 about 19 years after she murdered 17-year-old Phalonda Howard.

Above is a State of Georgia parole photo of convicted Augusta teen killer Catara Levelle Hill – paroled about 19 years after she murdered 17-year-old Phalonda Howard.
And as often happens, killer Catara Levelle Hill was paroled by the state of Georgia on May 31, 2011 at the age of 37.
Hill’s parole came some 19 years after the July 1992 murder of 17-year-old Phalonda Howard of Augusta, the beloved daughter of a former Augusta cop.
Hill said she shot Phalonda Howard because she “was running her mouth off.”
Hill lists a parole address in Cornelia, Georgia – and must report to a state parole office in Clarkesville, Georgia (706-754-6701).
She is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds – as Georgia gambles she will never kill again.
http://www.pap.state.ga.us/ParoleeDatabase/Controller?zipcode_text=&inmate_no_text=&submit_report=Search&name_text=cat

Bill would keep suspects behind bars
that system. Mr. Howard and other members of Blacks Against Black Crime – a local anti-violence organization – are…revenge killings, said Barbara Thurmond, head of Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. “Part of me died with her that day.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/01/16/met_202644.shtml

Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. Activist Frank Howard Shot in Chest on Nov. 18, 2001 in Car During Drive-by Shooting:
Victim Frank Howard is Activist With Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. and a Former Augusta Police Officer

Blacks Against Black Crime Activist Frank Howard Shot; Howard is a former Augusta Police Officer
Superior Court Judge Robert L. Allgood granted Jacqueline Stephenson a restraining order against her estranged husband. Mr. Howard, an activist with Blacks Against Black Crime and a former city police officer, was driving Ms. Stephenson home when, investigators say, Mr. Stephenson…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/11/18/met_327505.shtml

Locals Crusaders Against Violence Await Legislature
though the killer was eventually sent to prison, it still bothers Barbara Thurmond. Ms. Thurmond – head of Blacks Against Black Crime, a nonprofit anti-violence group based in Augusta – doesn’t think people charged with murder should be out…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/01/12/met_202458.shtml

State senate proposes to abolish parole #1
disproportionate number of African-Americans in prisons in the state of Georgia,” said Barbara Thurmond, president of Blacks Against Black Crime, a victim-advocacy group. “We make up 30 percent of the state’s population and 70 percent of the state’s
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/01/27/met_221387.shtml

State senate proposes to abolish parole #2
disproportionate number of African-Americans in prisons in the state of Georgia,” said Barbara Thurmond, president of Blacks Against Black Crime, a victim-advocacy group. “We make up 30 percent of the state’s population and 70 percent of the state’s
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/01/27/met_221389.shtml

Local crime rate falls
did not become a statistic. “It means lives were saved,” said Ms. Thurmond, president and co-founder of Blacks Against Black Crime. Augusta appears to be following the national trend of declining crime rates. There were 7 percent fewer violent…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/12/29/met_248658.shtml

Augusta Chronicle photo: Patricia Colon suffers because of the 1998 murder of her 21-year-old son, Tyrone Cathcart, Jr. - Patricia Colon is pictured in a 1999 story entitled "Augusta remembers 25 victims"

Augusta Chronicle photo from a May 1, 1999 story entitled “Augustans remember 25 victims” by Staff Writer Sandy Hodson, who covers courts for The Augusta Chronicle
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Patricia Colon (pictured) remembers every word of her last conversation with her 21-year-old son, Tyrone Cathcart, Jr. on April 26, 1998 – neither realized he would soon be dead.
Colon felt a sharp pain in the back of her head just before her telephone rang with the even more painful news of the murder of her son who was shot in the head in his manufactured home in Plantation Acres in Hephzibah.
Eleven days after Mr. Cathcart was killed, his fiancée gave birth to a baby boy – for whom the now dead father had bought an Easter basket for just before the murder.
The slaying remained unsolved for four years, but in 2002 Richmond County Sheriff’s Department investigators never stopped probing the murder case.
One of the original suspects, 24-year-old Frank Thomas Harewood of Augusta was charged with felony murder, malice murder and felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/11/13/met_358217.shtml
The disposition of case is hazy because Harewood’s name doesn’t appear in on-line state of Georgia prison records or in news stories.
Strangely however, 4 years later, a man with the same name and address, but wrong age, was sentenced under the First Offender Act to four years’ probation, fined $1,850 for possession of cocaine.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/11/30/ric_106435.shtml

Augustans remember 25 victims
21-year-old Tyrone Cathcart, Jr and 24 other Augusta residents slain in 1998 will be remembered at a dinner to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at an event sponsored by the Augusta chapter of Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. – that provides services and assistance to crime victims.
Patricia Colon, the mother of murder victim Tyrone Cathcart, Jr will attend the dinner and hopes to work with Blacks Against Black Crime, talking to young people because “all this killing has to stop.”
“I don’t have any answers but I think a lot of positive has come out of his death for his friends. But for us, it’s just a loss,” Colon said.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/05/01/met_260373.shtml

Speaker probes crime in black community #2
behavior,” said Ms. Thurmond, president of Blacks Against Black Crime. She spoke at Monday’s meeting of the Augusta…would not have been out to kill Mr. Young. Blacks Against Black Crime, started in 1991 by Ms. Thurmond, is a nonprofit…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/07/27/met_266527.shtml

Speaker probes crime in black community #1
behavior,” said Ms. Thurmond, president of Blacks Against Black Crime. She spoke at Monday’s meeting of the Augusta…would not have been out to kill Mr. Young. Blacks Against Black Crime, started in 1991 by Ms. Thurmond, is a nonprofit…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/07/27/met_266528.shtml

Augusta Chronicle photo of Maryland lawmaker Clarence Davis for an April 28, 2002 story entitled “Service remembers local victims of violent crimes” by Staff Writer Timothy Cox. Reared in rural Washington, Georgia in the early 1950s, lawmaker Clarence Davis easily recognizes the changes in America's violent behavior telling about 100 people at a victims' rights program - inside the Beulah Grove Community Resource Center - that the lack of respect and discipline has been a large part of creating more a violent society:

Augusta Chronicle photo of Maryland lawmaker Clarence Davis for an April 28, 2002 story entitled “Service remembers local victims of violent crimes” by Staff Writer Timothy Cox. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/04/28/met_341064.shtml
Reared in rural Washington, Georgia in the early 1950s, lawmaker Clarence Davis easily recognizes the changes in America’s violent behavior telling about 100 people at a victims’ rights program – inside the Beulah Grove Community Resource Center – that the lack of respect and discipline has been a large part of creating more a violent society.
Parents and society “have lost control of our children,” said Mr. Davis, a 20-year Maryland state delegate who now lives in Baltimore.
During the National Crime Victim Rights Week breakfast sponsored by Augusta-based Blacks On Black Crime, Inc., Mr. Davis said Baltimore became known for its homicide and crack-cocaine statistics in the early 90’s, so he called Vietnam War buddies and confronted neighborhood thugs.
“It’s time for the community to take matters in hand,” he said.
“They started calling us vigilantes,” after the men knocked on the doors of those suspected of criminal activity – adding approach was successful and that crime has since subsided in Baltimore.
“Our goal is a safe, sound community, and we must open our eyes,” Mr. Davis said. “We have the power to make a difference.”
The candlelight homage was held to remember local homicide victims in the past two years.

Augusta Chronicle photo of a candlelight homage that was held to remember local homicide victims in Augusta during a National Crime Victim Rights Week breakfast sponsored by Augusta-based Blacks On Black Crime, Inc. that was taken for April 28, 2002 story entitled “Service remembers local victims of violent crimes” by Staff Writer Timothy Cox:

Augusta Chronicle photo of a candlelight homage that was held to remember local homicide victims in Augusta during a National Crime Victim Rights Week breakfast sponsored by Augusta-based Blacks On Black Crime, Inc. that was taken for April 28, 2002 story entitled “Service remembers local victims of violent crimes” by Staff Writer Timothy Cox:
Deadra Williams, 26, and daughter Tierra, 18 months, lit a candle to honor Ms. Williams’ boyfriend and the child’s father, Rodney Johnson, who was shot and killed behind the S&S Cafeteria on Walton Way in November 2001.
Candles were lit to remember Niteka Wesbey, a college student caught in a cross-fire during a gang-related apartment shooting in November 2000.
Barbara Thurmond, who co-founded Blacks Against Black Crime in 1991, said her group is the only victims’ rights movement in Augusta-Richmond County.
“Although crime has decreased here, it’s important to keep our movement alive,” she said.

Service remembers local victims of violent crimes
cross-fire during a gang-related apartment shooting in November 2000. Barbara Thurmond, who co-founded Blacks Against Black Crime in 1991, said her group is the only victims’ rights movement in Augusta-Richmond County. “Although crime…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/04/28/met_341064.shtml

Black leaders see range of Kerry support
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention also turned black voters on to Mr. Kerry, he said. Barbara Thurmond, the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc., a local nonprofit agency, said her vote is undoubtedly going to Mr. Kerry, although she has no real
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/10/22/met_432015.shtml

Augusta Chronicle Editorial: Courageous Barbara A. Thurmond Fought to Prevent Violence Crimes by Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff:

An example of courage
life. Disgusted by homicides in her community, Mrs. Thurmond and her sister, Earnestine Covington, founded Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. in 1991 to combat Richmond County’s rising violent crime rate. It took considerable personal courage…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/09/01/edi_94880.shtml

Barbara A. Thurmond Guest Editorials in Augusta Chronicle:

Georgia gunrunners take toll on state
contribute to the great sorrow felt by the families of those killed or wounded by Georgia’s guns? In 1991, Blacks Against Black Crimes identified the easy accessibility of guns as a contributing factor to the epidemic of black-on-black violence…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/11/09/let_357661.shtml

Justice system unfair to blacks
posting a $40,000 bond. It is the opinion of Blacks Against Black Crimes that injustice and double standards within the…Editor’s note: The writer is the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. in Augusta.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/06/08/let_343083.shtml

A decade of advocacy for black homicide victims brings changes to system
criteria. TEN YEARS AGO Blacks Against Black Crime dared to dream of a world…improve our state and nation. Blacks Against Black Crime has been labeled racist…president and co-founder of Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/07/18/op_319437.shtml

Why no reward for White’s killer?
is one of many tools used by law enforcers as they work to solve and prevent crime, apprehend criminals and bring them to justice. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editors’ note: The author is president of Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/07/18/edi_292917.shtml

Claims racist response to violence
crime prevention for all youth. Until that day Blacks Against Black Crimes will be the voice for black crime victims. Barbara…Editor’s note: The writer is president of Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/07/05/edi_265057.shtml

Augusta Chronicle photo of Alexander Smith, the chairman the follow-up to the Labor Day weekend Million Youth Movement in Atlanta that promote unity among the nation's black youth who were given marching orders, an agenda and a platform to “empower our youth to take control of their destiny." The Million Youth Movement follow-up rally had many speakers including Terence Dicks, assistant director of "Think Big '98," a program designed by Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. to reduce adolescent violence and drug abuse:

Augusta Chronicle Photo from a Sept. 27, 1998 story entitled “Black youths gather, carry on unity goal” as about 100 black youths gathered in May Park in Augusta for a follow-up event to the Million Youth Movement.
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Alexander Smith (pictured), chairman of the event’s organizing committee, said the Labor Day weekend Million Youth Movement in Atlanta was organized by black leaders to promote unity among the nation’s black youth who were given marching orders, an agenda and a platform to “empower our youth, first and foremost spiritually, politically, socially, economically and academically” and “empower our youth to take control of their destiny.”
“We have an unfinished agenda,” said Terence Dicks, assistant director of “Think Big ’98,” a program designed by Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. to reduce adolescent violence and drug abuse.
“We have not finished business,” Mr. Dicks told the crowd. “We have got to keep going. I ask all of you who are active right now to remember us on Oct. 16, the anniversary of the Million Man March.”

Black youths gather, carry on unity goal
“We have an unfinished agenda,” said Terence Dicks, assistant director of “Think Big ’98,” a program designed by Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. to reduce adolescent violence and drug abuse. “We have not finished business,” Mr. Dicks told the crowd. “We have got to keep going. I ask all of you who are active right now to remember us on Oct. 16, the anniversary of the Million Man March.”
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/09/27/met_240185.shtml

Ask `Baby Face’ to sing different tune by Terence Dicks for Barbara Thurmond
25 most influential people in the country. Let us let him know that we would like for him to use his influence in another way. Terence A. Dicks, Augusta (Editor’s note: The writer is a spokesperson for Blacks Against Black Crime.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/06/18/edi_210076.shtml

Marks Crime Victims Rights Week
Right’s Right for America.” Remember too, that Blacks Against Black Crimes are an advocate for all victims of all crimes…sensitive to black crime victims. Since 1991 Blacks Against Black Crimes has assisted victims in our area. Among the…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/04/23/op_226616.shtml

Plugs victims’ rights; cites statistics
school, 260,000 children miss class because of the fear of being physically harmed and 40 students are killed or injured by firearms. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor’s note: The writer is president of Blacks Against Black Crimes.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/04/14/edi_206791.shtml

Barbara A. Thurmond “Letter to the Editor” printed in Augusta Chronicle:

Victim assistance is stronger
have much to celebrate. Fourteen years ago, Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc. was organized to serve this community and…The writer is the founder and president of Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/04/03/let_449223.shtml

Homicide decline should inspire
decline. No matter what is going on in the world, our children have to succeed; our communities have to be made whole. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor’s note: The writer is a co-founder and president of Blacks Against Black Crime.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/02/23/let_444380.shtml

Keep assault weapons off streets
no choice but to keep his word on this issue. Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. joins with the Million Mom March, Georgians…Thurmond Augusta (Editor’s note: The writer represents Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc., an Augusta organization.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/07/31/let_423842.shtml

Be mindful of victims’ rights
hurt them will be brought to justice. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor’s note: The writer represents Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc., an Augusta organization.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/04/16/let_412349.shtml

Stop exercising political favors
political favors. We would hate to have children be the next group of people to suffer as the result of political favors. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor’s note: The writer is the president of Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/02/18/let_376096.shtml

Jury’s ‘not-guilty’ verdict appalls and perplexes observer
not guilty of manslaughter. Though, the jurors believed that the defendant was justified in killing the victim. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor’s note: The writer is the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. in Augusta.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/09/16/let_352959.shtml

Black-on-black homicide should remain a priority issue
prevented. In Augusta in 1991, 66 homicides were black-on-black. In Augusta in 2001, 13 homicides were black-on-black. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor’s note: The author is the president of Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/03/07/let_337310.shtml

Activist Barbara A Thurmond raps paper for ‘lack of objectivity’
saving opinions for the editorial page. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor’s note: The author is president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. The Chronicle quoted Alicia Hall’s mother, who said the attack on Christopher Andrews was in self-defense…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/04/03/edi_285922.shtml

Augusta Chronicle Editorials that mention group Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc:

How to curb youth crime
watches. Then they can reach out to social agencies and institutions – churches, PTAs, Safe Streets Inc., Blacks Against Black Crime Inc., etc. – that exist to help communities become more safe, civil, livable and proud. There’s plenty…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/09/19/edi_428921.shtml

Promoting then-upcoming events involving group Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc – Augusta Chronicle “Across the Area” section:

Area briefs: Victim’s Rights Dinner Scheduled in Augusta
Victims’ rights dinner scheduled To commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Augusta organization Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc. will hold a victims’ rights dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Peter S. Knox Center, 326 Greene St…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/04/30/met_260275.shtml

Across the area: Vigil Will be Held for Violence in Augusta
will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Vigil will be held for violence in Augusta Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. and New Creation Missionary Baptist Church will hold a special service tonight to kick off a 40-day prayer…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/10/16/met_100718.shtml

Across the area: Vigil to be Held for Stopping Violence in Augusta
breakfast and memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. today. Vigil to be held for violence in Augusta Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. and New Creation Missionary Baptist Church will hold a special service Monday night to kick off a 40-day…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/10/15/met_100596.shtml

Across the area: Rally to be Held to Fight Slayings and Gun Violence in Augusta
slayings and gun violence that have occurred in the area this year, according to Frank Johnson, the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. The rally is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2006 at Second New Hope Baptist Church, 1035 10th St. For more information…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/11/27/met_106131.shtml

Across the area: Rally to be Held to Fight Slayings and Gun Violence in Augusta
gun violence that has occurred in the Augusta area this year, according to Frank Johnson, the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. The rally is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2006 at Second New Hope Baptist Church, 1035 10th St. A number of area…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/11/26/met_106011.shtml

Across the area: Rally to be Held to Fight Slayings and Gun Violence in Augusta
gun violence that have occurred in the Augusta area this year, according to Frank Johnson, the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. The rally is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2006 at Second New Hope Baptist Church, 1035 10th Street. A number…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/11/20/met_105219.shtml

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Augusta Chronicle stories with others involved with group Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc.:

March had impact, black leaders say
responsibility of their homes and getting involved in civic activities,” said John Covington, acting president of Blacks Against Black Crime. “But it hasn’t been that effective (in) to trying to get the point across to other members of the community…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1996/10/14/met_199972.shtml

Obits: Remembering Activist Barbara A. Thurmond who tried to protect the lives of children from violence

Barbara A. Thurmond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
In 1991, she and her sister were inspired to create Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. The motivation was the number of homicides in the black community.
Some Blacks Against Black Crimes activities included: victim’s rights advocacy…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/09/01/obi_94962.shtml

Barbara A. Thurmond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery, Tignall, GA. Ms. Thurmond was an Author and Founder of the Organization, Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. Survivors are her mother, Mrs. Lillian Cade Thurmond; one son, Mr. George (Deidra) Johnson, II…
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/08/31/obi_94788.shtml

Barbara A. Thurmond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Entered into rest Friday, August 25, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia, Ms. Barbara A. Thurmond of Cornell Drive. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Tabernacle
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/08/30/obi_94596.shtml

Barbara A. Thurmond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Entered into rest Friday, August 25, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia, Ms. Barbara.
Thurmond of Cornell Drive.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Tabernacle
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/08/30/obi_94623.shtml

Barbara Thurmond left memories that will be forever cherished in the hearts of her loved ones:

Her mother: Mrs. Lillian C. Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia

Her son: George (Deidra) Johnson of Trenton, South Carolina

Two daughters: Antoinette (Rev. Da’Henri) Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia and Aquanetta (James) Betts of Pikesville, Maryland

One brother: Darrell Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia

One sister: Earnestine (John) Covington of Augusta, Georgia

Four grandchildren: Da’Henri Ramsey Thurmond, Jr., Barbara Maxine Thurmond, Evan Tanks Johnson and Bailie Tanks Johnson

One nephew: Ernest (Angie) Covington

One niece: Ericka (Jessie) Covington-Wright

Plus numerous cousins, other relatives and special friends.

Funeral arrangements were handled by:

W. H. Mays Mortuary
1221 James Brown Boulevard
Augusta, GA

(706) 722-6401

Historic photo of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc./Saving Lives and Building Dreams

Since the death of Barbara Thurmond numerous efforts have been started to stop youth violence including by the children of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 2012.

April 4th Revisited: National Youth Violence Prevention Conference was held on April 4, 2012 at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta:

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with projects to protect children from violence
King Center CEO Bernice King and Martin Luther King, III have created separate youth violence prevention projects with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , The Carter Presidential Center, The Prevention Institute and The Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc.

Press Release:
http://www.preventioninstitute.org/press/press-releases/848-martin-luther-king-jr-legacy-embodied-in-launch-of-new-initiative-for-community-peace-and-thriving-youth.html

The King Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have expanded their 2008 partnership to prevent youth violence and address health threats that disproportionately impact minorities and the low-income.

Photo of Bernice King, the CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia:The King Center’s partnership with the CDC has tremendous potential for reducing youth violence and helping to correct these disparities, through educational outreach and using the King Center’s resources to promote community awareness, action, and mobilization,” said King Center CEO Bernice King

The King Center logo
http://www.thekingcenter.org


http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention

http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2012/04/04/king-center-and-cdc-expand-partnership-to-prevent-youth-violence

Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc.: Saving Lives and Building Dreams:

Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc.:
Saving Lives and Building Dreams

Photo of Martin Luther King, III - Executive Director of the Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia"

Martin Luther King, III
P. O. Box 2625
Atlanta, Georgia
30301

404-478-7185 (office)
http://www.mlkiii.org
mlk3press@yahoo.com

Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc.: Saving Lives and Building Dreams graphic from flash opening:

http://www.facebook.com/MLKingIII
http://www.Facebook.com/SavingLivesBuildingDreams

Twitter page of the event entitled April 4th Revisited National Youth Violence Prevention Conference was held Wed., April 4, 2012

Saving Lives and Building Dreams 2012 on twitter
https://twitter.com/#!/savinglives12
@savinglives12
Prevention Institute and the Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc. present April 4th Revisited: Saving Lives and Building Dreams, a day of youth peace and non-violence.

Twitter page of the event entitled April 4th Revisited National Youth Violence Prevention Conference was held Wed., April 4, 2012

The mission of The Martin Luther King, III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights, Inc. is to be an international vehicle for social justice and human rights for education, advocacy and direct social activism to identify and apply innovative solutions to address the evils of oppression, racism, poverty, slavery and militarism.

Prevention Institute logo

The Prevention Institute:

Prevention Institute
221 Oak Street
Oakland, CA
94607

510-444-7738 (office)
Prevent@preventioninstitute.org

Prevention Institute graphic:

The Prevention Institute in Oakland, California is a national non-profit dedicated to placing prevention at the center of efforts to improve community health, equity and well-being
http://www.preventioninstitute.org
http://www.facebook.com/PreventionInstitute.org

Prevention Institute twitter logo:

Prevention Institute on Twitter
https://twitter.com/#!/search/%40preventioninst
@preventioninst
Prevention Institute aligns strategy, policy and collaboration to build health, foster equity and eliminate injury where people live, work, learn and play

Carter Presidential Center header:

The Carter Center (President Jimmy Carter):
Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope
http://www.cartercenter.org
http://www.cartercenter.org/about/contact.html

The Carter Center
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA
30307

404-420-5100
800-550-3560
carterweb@emory.edu

http://blog.cartercenter.org
http://cartercenter.org/news/multimedia/rss.html
http://cartercenter.org/news/multimedia/podcasts/index.html

http://www.facebook.com/cartercenter

Twitter logo of The Carter Center (President Jimmy Carter): Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope

The Carter Center on twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/CarterCenter
@CarterCenter
Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter & Rosalynn Carter with @EmoryUniversity, the Center wages peace, fights disease, & builds hope worldwide

“Ultimately, the work of The Carter Center is about helping people achieve better opportunities and watching hope take root where it languished before,” said President Jimmy Carter.

The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

Georgia Coalition to End Sexual Assault

The Mis-Education of the Negro [Paperback]

Carter G. Woodson

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About TerenceDicks

A three-decade community activist for the Augusta, Georgia area, Rev. Terence A. Dicks is very concerned about civil rights, the needs of inner city and moderate and low-income children, fair civil legal representation for low-income and minorities, and many other issues. Terence has fought for civil representation for the low and moderate income involving cases like domestic violence and landlord disputes. In March 2015, Terence was sworn in for a second term to represent the Richmond County Democratic Party on the Richmond County Board of Elections. Rev. Terence Dicks is "widely-acknowledged for standing up for the rights of the powerless in his community and throughout Georgia," stated a press release on the GeorgiaAdvocates.org website when he was elected chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission in July 2005. In 1986, Mr. Dicks was co-coordinator of the Mr. James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta – the first time the town and its people earnestly expressed love and respect to the late great Godfather of Soul. About 5,000 people attended the event on the banks of the Savannah River including Mr. Robert Johnson (founder of Jet Magazine and much more), Mr. Greg Gumbel (who did story on BET), and Mr. Eldrin Bell (then asst. police chief of Atlanta). Along with Terence, the other co-coordinator was his lifelong friend and classmate Mr. Greg Peterson, an investigative journalist and outdoor environment reporter who started his career in Augusta and now lives in Ishpeming, MI in the Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior. The event broke the ice and led months later to the first concert Mr. Brown had ever performed in Augusta – ironically in the civic center that now bears his name (the renaming took another 20 years). Music Industry legends Casey Kasem and Dick Clark recorded radio PSAs to promote the free event. Mayor Charles DeVaney – a fan of Mr. Brown – prevented the celebration from being cancelled at the last minute by waiving the “mandatory” insurance requirements. Mr. Brown and Mr. DeVaney both died unexpectedly a month apart. We continue to love and honor the late great Mr. James Brown, who nearly single-handedly quelled Augusta's race riots and prevent further rioting in the 60, 70s. The "Hardest-Working Man in Show Business" Mr. James Brown made Terence Dicks the manager of his first-ever concert in Augusta, GA - about 6 months after the 1986 James Brown Appreciation Day. The concert was held on Saturday, December 27, 1986 at the civic center named in the godfather of Soul’s honor some 20 years later. Terence was the concert manager, producer and promoter. Tickets were only $15 ensuring all Augustans could afford to attend and the first 500 children under the age of 12 were admitted free in accordance with Mr. Brown’s wishes. Among those performing were Mr. Wilson Pickett, John Marshall, Buzz Clifford and Sequence 8. “Claiming A Street Named King” is an initiative Mr. Dicks started during tenure as chair of Georgia Clients Council. The project is about “taking back the street in by building businesses and homes on the crime-ridden abandoned boulevards that bear the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” However the project also has a wider scope. Dicks said the project would welcome claiming back streets named after other civil rights leaders and activists from all backgrounds. For example, the project would welcome groups or persons who want to revitalize streets named for late singer James Brown, the late Coretta Scott King, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Grace Lee Boggs, Cesar Chavez and others. “All of these community leaders have messages of hope and accomplishment,” said Dicks, who hopes to hear from the centers, foundations and projects of these community leaders. “People can identify with their day to day struggles,” he said. “Above all they cared about the community they came from,” Dicks said. “They all have made a historic difference.” Reclaiming the streets and heritage of these civic leaders can reinvigorate “economic development and economic empowerment” in each community that honors their work. Rev. Dicks hopes to help others “improve the condition of boulevards named after Martin Luther King, Jr. across Georgia” and the nation. Author Jonathon Tilove “wrote the book that inspired me” entitled "Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America's Main Street.” Mr. Dicks hopes those interested will message him thru WordPress/Twitter/Facebook. The project is supported by East Carolina University Professor Derek H. Alderman. “Dr. Alderman is a geographer who has helped us to work on a plan for the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards,” Dicks said. “There was a lot of hope around those streets and what he did for me is he reminded me of why we name those streets for Martin Luther King, Jr.," he said. "We are heading into the second or third generation who doesn’t know about Dr. King and his achievements." “The generation that starts it doesn’t have to be the generation who built it,” he said. “We have to keep Dr. King’s work alive – keep it relevant and cogent.” Terence is a longtime member (2004-present) of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition. The coalition includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Unitarian Universalists, pagans, and local Yoruba, who practice folk religion from West Africa. Among the many positive aspects of the coalition, Dicks developed a relationship with Omar Neal, who has been the Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama since Nov. 3, 2008. Mr. Omar Neal was the keynote speaker of the 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration organized by the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition on Mon., Jan, 24, 2011 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta. After being an independent voter for two decades, Terence joined the Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) in 2002. He joined the Democratic Committee of Richmond County that “has jurisdiction over Democratic Party affairs in Richmond County” and a “purpose is to help select and elect Democratic Party Candidates to office” and whose platform includes “those of the Democratic Party of Georgia.” Terence has served as chair of the RCDP Political Action Committee (PAC) and performed duties that included community outreach. Mr. Dicks is member of the Richmond County State Committee (2011-2014) representing the 12th Congressional District. He served for six years (2002-2008) as state chair of the Georgia Clients Council plus served on the council board for eight years (2000-2008). For nearly a decade, Terence has been a board member (2002-present) of Georgia Legal Services Program and served (2005-2010) on the organization’s Georgia Committee on Civil Justice and is on the state bar president advisory committee. The mission of Georgia Legal Services Program is “to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians.” In 2007, Mr. Dicks founded the non-profit Georgia Center for Children and Education Inc. and serves as the volunteer executive director. The goal of the organization is encouraging parent involvement in education and to support community involvement in public schools. Originally the Center for Children and Education, the project was founded 1997 by Philadelphia, PA attorney Baruch Kintisch, a former staff attorney for Georgia Legal Services After exhaustive planning, Terence helped co-write and secure a $255,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the spring of 2008 that is being administered by Paine College for the "New Tools, New Visions 2 Augusta" Project and he serves on the project steering committee. Rev. Dicks is a longtime member of the International Leadership Association (2001-present). Mr. Dicks serves as state of Georgia Coordinator (2008-present) for the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). He joined the national PDA in 2007. For over a decade (1998-2009), Terence served on the board of the Augusta Human Relations Commission including two-terms as chair, three terms as vice-chair. Terence served as a board member (1994-1996) and the second vice president of the Augusta Branch of the NAACP including chair of the fair housing committee. Terence graduated from Westside High School in 1980 during which time he was a member of the WJBF TV-6 Junior Achievement Company that involved filming, editing, producing and hosting 30-minute issue-oriented public service programs that aired on weekends with student-sold commercials. Terence did a summer internship in 1980 – just after graduating from high school – at the Medical College of Georgia Television Production and was taught by people who include the late TV Director Mr. Armond “Brother” Jackson , Jr. - a longtime TV production expert in Augusta including at WRDW TV-12 and WJBF TV-6. During high school and for about 7 years afterward, Terence was a radio announcer at several Augusta radio stations including disc jockey (when records were vinyl 45s), sports, features, talk show and more. The stations included WBIA and WCKJ. Terence worked in production at WAGT-TV with Mr. Frank Crotts including being a live switcher (punching proper buttons to keep shows going and inserting commercials). He also worked at several Augusta restaurants as a chef and bartender.
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