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BLACK MEN UNITE IN CHARLOTTE FOR A COMMON CHANGE IN YOUTH

BLACK MEN UNITE IN CHARLOTTE FOR A COMMON CHANGE IN YOUTH

Much of Charlotte's black youth are out-of-control, say community members, and black men are fed up.

Members of the African-American community are organizing to provide accountability and behavior models to what they see as a violent and defiant youth culture.  They're getting together under the name "Men Who Care Global."

The grassroots, community-led organization will increase the presence of black men in the community, specifically uptown Charlotte.  The say increasing adult presence will deter further violence and gang-related activity.

The effort is a response to the melee that melted uptown during Speed Street, in which 70 people were arrested and one person was murdered.  Witnesses describe the rioters as being predominantly young and black.

Recognizing this, black men are banding together to show trouble-making teens a better way.

"We wanted to put a face on it," says Vincent Williams of the Speed Street violence.  Williams is in charge of recruitment for Men Who Care Global.  He says his goal is to bring out 2,000 volunteers for support this weekend.

"We want to let our young men know that we're here and we care, and we want to offer some support and direction for a life plan for their lives," he says.

The men will set up tents and wear bright orange t-shirts to be highly visible.  CMPD Captain J.W. Estes says they'll be more like chaperones than an additional security force.

"They're going to be out in the area where normally the large groups of youth gather and walk around, just to provide a resource for them," he says. (more)

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