We have partnered with the Social Justice Ministry of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to present an informative session on the increasing jail and prison population of young, African-American men and women and its effects on the community.

What are some of the strategies needed to interrupt this system? What is the impact of the lack of education among this population?

Civics 101 is an outreach program of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry.

Reserve your seat today to join the conversation.


Moderator Jarrod Jones is an experienced community organizer and a Restorative Justice practitioner who has served as a Community Engagement Coordinator for Project L.I.F.T. in Charlotte.


Dr. Karen Breach Washington serves as a Pediatric Regional Medical Director at Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System.
Reverend Franklin Lamar Gordon serves as the Minister of Children and Youth Minister at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
North Carolina District Court Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell has served on the bench for twenty years working to ensure that the judicial system is a community partner. She is one of the youngest recipients of the Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine award for her extraordinary service to the state.
Eleanor Toliver is the owner and director of First Ward Child Development Center located in Uptown Charlotte and a member of the Read Charlotte committee.
Anthony S. Calloway has served as the principal at Walter G. Byers K-8 School for the past decade.
Cara Evans-Patterson is the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Youth Diversion Program Manager. She has been instrumental in creating effective ways to lower the juvenile arrest rate and minimize the School-To-Prison Pipeline in Mecklenburg County.
Latasha Smith-Valentine leads the Charlotte Mecklenburg School district’s restorative practice initiative as a Training and Quality Coordinator in the Student Discipline and Behavior Support department.
Jasmine Calin is a fourth grade educator at Allenbrook Elementary School in Charlotte who uses restorative practices to handle conflict and build community in schools.
Mayor Franklin D. Deese is the only African-American to be elected to the office of Mayor in North Carolina's Union County. He also served more than ten years in the prison system.
Dr. Curtis Carroll is the new principal at Zebulon B. Vance High School in Charlotte.
Monique Maddox is a re-entry citizen who will share her experiences.

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