Cities United is a national organization of mayors and others dedicated to reducing violence among young black men and boys. Launched in 2011, Cities United includes more than 100 mayors - including Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck - who support community leaders, families, young people and others in the fight to reduce violence. For 2019, the organization has chosen “The Journey Continues” as the theme for its 6th Annual Convening in Hampton. The theme commemorates the arrival 400 years ago of the first enslaved Africans in English North America. They were brought ashore in the summer of 1619 at Point Comfort in Fort Monroe.
The convening, said Cities United, is a chance to reflect, renew and respond, and to “gather and fortify our stakeholders addressing community violence … by providing a safer, welcoming, solution-focused space to network, learn and build.”
A number of special programs and activities have been scheduled which includes a tour of Hampton's Y.H. Thomas Community Center. If you missed the presentation or want to learn more about the center's empowerment model, select any of the links below to visit partner websites and resource documents.