Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin leads a group of public officials who have confirmed their attendance at the first in a series of Town Hall meetings to be held at Second Nazareth Baptist Church Thursday evening. In addition to the mayor, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Deputy Chief of the Columbia Police Department Melron Kelly and Columbia City Council member Tameka Isaac Divine have all confirmed they will be in attendance. Rev. Thurman Bowens of Trinity Baptist Church and other community leaders will also be present.
This marks the first in a series of planned Town Hall meetings organized by Second Nazareth’s Women’s Ministry. Tonight’s theme is “Balance, Responsibility and Mutual Respect: Building Relationships with Law Enforcement.” Our city has been spared the violent unrest that has occurred in other areas of the country following volatile citizen encounters with the police. We believe engaging in constructive dialogue before such incidents take place will help build mutual respect, trust and result in a healthier, stronger community.
We want to discuss the unique issues and challenges that face Columbia and develop opportunities for change. How can the faith community partner with policy makers and law enforcement to help make our community safer and more prosperous for all? Join us as we seek answers to these and other questions.
Who: Rev. Noble and the Second Nazareth Baptist Church hosts the Mayor, County Sheriff, Deputy Police Chief, City Council member and community leaders
What: Citizens’ Town Hall Meeting
Where:Second Nazareth Baptist Church,
2336 Elmwood Avenue
Columbia, South Carolina 29304
When: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 7:00 pm