Community leaders, law enforcement professionals, social services organizations, and educational institutions convened for the 30th National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community on May 27-29, 2015 in Tampa. The conference, which was initiated 30 years ago by T. Willard Fair, President of the Urban League of Greater Miami, is a collaboration between the Florida Consortium of Urban League Affiliates, Derrick Brooks Charities, and the Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The conference was designed to convene practitioners to share innovative ideas, research and study of crime, causative factors, and prevention strategies unique to the Black community with special attention on approaches to reducing juvenile crime. The three-day session included plenary sessions, luncheons, breakout sessions for adults and teens, and a Youth Speak-Up Speak-Out session. The objective is to learn from national initiatives and community strategies that have been successful in reducing violence and other inappropriate behavior.
Urban League of Greater Miami’s President & CEO, T. Willard Fair, was responsible for starting this conference 30 years ago and participated in several sessions, including: “Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Black-on-Black Crime Prevention,” and a session for teens titled “Who Kills You Before You Are Pronounced Dead?”