Youth conference planned to examine ways to quell violence in Fort Worth’s minority communities

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If you go: What: Conference to stop violence in Fort Worth minority communities When: 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday Where: Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76112

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A conference designed to engage young people in addressing the violence that surrounds them will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at Dunbar High School.

Parents, students and young adults are invited to participate in the conference, which will include interactive workshops on parenting skills, drug counseling and tips on how young people should react when approached by police officers.

“There is a serious underlying crisis going on,” said Bryan Muhammad, chairman of the Fort Worth Millions More Movement and founder of Power Inc., two local community outreach organizations. “Our babies are dying before our eyes.”

The conference was sparked in part by a series of violent crimes this summer in southeast Fort Worth, said Muhammad and Luther Perry, who helped organize the conference.

Daniel Eugene Anderson, 23, is in jail in connection with the fatal shooting of James Hardemon, 12, a Dunbar Middle School student who died June 3.

In an unrelated case, an unidentified 13-year-old was arrested and accused of killing Sida Osman, 5, by hitting him repeatedly in the back of the head with an unknown object June 26.

Amos Joseph Wells, 22, is in jail and accused in the shooting deaths of three people July 1.

“The deaths in southeast Fort Worth were tragedies and result from people who lack a love of self,” Muhammad said. “We are killing each other because we have not been taught the value of black life.”

Perry, a former Fort Worth police officer and a founder of Umoja, a youth mentor organization, said he hopes the gathering will foster an honest dialogue within the community and attract enough adults so that young people will see people in the community who care.

“Our youth need to be armed with the truth so they do not make the mistakes their fathers and mothers did,” Perry said. “Parents and other adults have not done a very good job of keeping the youth in this community engaged.”

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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