State Of Black Houston To Discuss African American Concerns

Some of the issues that will be addressed include criminal justice, education and economic health.

Durrel Douglas, co-founder of Houston Justice Coalition, will give the State of Black Houston address.


Community activist Durrel Douglas will give the State of Black Houston address.

He is with the Houston Justice Coalition, which aims to improve the justice system locally.

He says the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered a series of town hall meetings by the group.

The State of Black Houston event is an extension of that.

"Our goal is to first of all understand where we stand as black Houston," Douglas says, "to understand what those content areas are that we want to focus on, understand what it's going to take for us to move forward and then to take that next huge step and actually move forward."

He says some areas of concern for African Americans in Houston are not just criminal justice but education, economic health and the modern family model.

"Over the past 10 years, we've closed over 30 schools in Houston Independent School District," Douglas says. "In 2013, we've seen the predominantly African American, North Forest Independent School District be shut down and dissolved into Houston Independent School District."

A panel made up of educators, journalists and advocates will kick off the event at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Talento Bilingue cultural center in the East End.

The group wants this to be a regular event going forward.



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