The Commission on Black Men and Boys, in conjunction with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), will hold a community roundtable hearing, entitled "A Candid Conversation with the Community on Preventing Bullying," on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students and parents with experience with bullying here, along with two experts -- Dr. Joseph Wright, Senior Vice President of Children's National Medical Center, and Suzanne Greenfild, Director of DC Bulling-Prevention Program -- will testify and use their experiences to address how to recognize and avoid bullying. The event is open to the media and the public. Audience participation will be taken after the witnesses testify.
"We hope that by encouraging frank and open communication on bullying together with parents, students, experts, and the community, we will be able to shed light on identifying bullying and how to eliminate it from our schools and communities," said Norton. "Bullying can be devastating to students and their families. We need to speak openly about what can be done to keep all involved in the effort to prevent bullying."
Norton established the Commission on Black Men and Boys, chaired by former D.C. police chief Issac Fulwood, to provide a thoughtful forum for discussion and problem-solving on some of the most persistent and controversial issues faced by African American men and youth and their families, including drugs, crime, high unemployment, and education deficits.