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Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

February 15, 2005
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

"Is Homicide an Epidemic in Baltimore?"
Panel Discussion on March 3

A panel of local leaders will discuss Baltimore's homicide rate at The Johns Hopkins University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

The panel will discuss whether homicides are an epidemic in Baltimore. The panelists include Peter Beilenson, Baltimore City health commissioner; Clayton Guyton, founder of the Rose Street Community Center; Robert Lawrence, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Philip Leaf, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention of Youth Violence; and Antonio Williams, the Baltimore City Police Department's chief of detectives. The moderator will be Marc Steiner, who hosts a public affairs show on WYPR-FM.

The objective of the panel discussion is to establish a meaningful dialogue among experts, the city and the community. The discussion will focus on the initiatives being implemented and alternate approaches to dealing with the situation more effectively.

The event will also honor the efforts of the Rose Street Community Center for its work against drugs and violence in East Baltimore. The center's youth coordinator, Walker Gladden, will accept an award on behalf of the center.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of Community Affairs, the Center for Social Concern, Campus Ministries, and Season for Non-violence. Co-sponsors are the Black Student Union and the Health & Human Right Group from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The event is free and open to the public. For program details and parking directions, send an e-mail to snv@jhu.edu, or call 410-516-2224. Additional information is available online at www.jhu.edu/snv.

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