TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today hosted …

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today hosted the first meeting of the Council on the Status of Black Men and Boys. At the meeting’s conclusion, McCollum praised the Council for their positive dialogue and discussion.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this distinguished group of individuals and will continue to provide them the support needed to continue their quest,” said Attorney General McCollum. “One of my top priorities is to bring together both the people and the resources needed to help today’s youth make the choices that will send their lives in a positive direction. I am confident this dedicated group will recommend sound strategies to achieve that goal and others.”

The Attorney General presided over the meeting, during which members selected a chairman and a vice chairman. Levi Williams was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Council. Williams is currently a partner in the law firm Fertig & Gramling and has extensive professional experience in the areas of civil rights litigation, organizational management and promoting community change and outreach. He serves on the Broward Community College Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Urban League of Broward County and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Broward County. Chris Norwood, a public affairs consultant from Sought Florida, was elected Vice Chairman. Norwood works on legislative issues, public policy, community development and youth outreach.

Created by the Legislature during the 2006 Legislative Session, the Council is charged with making a systematic study of the conditions affecting black men and boys including homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rate, poverty, violence, drug abuse, death rates, disparate annual income levels, health issues and school performance.

The goal of the Council is to propose measures to alleviate and correct the underlying causes of the conditions described above. These measures may consist of changes to the law or systematic changes that can be implemented without legislative action. The Attorney General’s Office called the first meeting and will provide administrative support to the Council.

A complete list of the members of the Council on the Status of Black Men and Boys is available at:
http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/RWHN-6YTVAG/$file/Council_Members.pdf