Violence Prevention Symposium - 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Satcher Institute & MLK Center

Staff Report

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

The 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change have come together to host the inaugural Violence Prevention Symposium, February 16, 2023, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Clark Atlanta University.

“Our goal is to use scientific data to show that violence has become an epidemic and urgent public health issue that requires a public health response,” says Larry Johnson, co-chair of the symposium and past president of The 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

“Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who is internationally known for his violence prevention research, will address gun violence prevention without infringing on second amendment rights,” adds Andjela Kessler, co-chair of the symposium and president of Incentive Travel & Meetings.

Symposium objectives:

Engage youth and include their perspective in future violence prevention programs

Enhance collaboration of community organizations dealing with violence prevention by sharing resources and methods that have proven successful

Keynote speakers:

Dr. David Satcher, Founding Director & Senior Advisor Satcher Health Leadership Institute and former US Surgeon General

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, internationally known researcher and former president and CEO of Task Force for Global Health

Dr. Joseph V. Sakran, Vice Chair, Clinical Operations at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute

Also invited is Dr. Mercy, CDC Director of Violence Prevention.

The second half of the symposium, following a networking lunch, will encompass youth round table discussions, as well as discussions by perpetrators of violence, law enforcement and local program leaders. Causes of violence and prevention techniques will be examined.

“Conflict resolution training is an important issue we will cover, “ says Joshua Byrd, chair of the Anti-Violence Committee for The 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

The Violence Prevention Symposium was initiated by Richard Byrd of The 100 Black Men of Atlanta who has co-chaired for his organization, a successful Violence Prevention program in the past. The 100 Black Men of Atlanta has also recently made significant, nationally recognized strides in violence prevention. Their conflict resolution training programs, headed by Joshua Byrd, have been featured in national media. The effort has positioned The100 Black Men of Atlanta as a resource for violence prevention.

To register: