The Beta Kappa Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho hosted their 18th annual Youth Symposium Saturday, April 18 themed “Building Partnerships to Support Our Youth.”
This years event included some of Tampa’s most influential community leaders discussing ways young people should behave when encountered with law enforcement.
Chief Jane Castor supported the event speaking and answering questions from the young audience. She touched on how she disagree’s with the police handling of Ferguson and said their actions affected all police.
“Law enforcement is judged as a group,” said Castor. “Something happens like Ferguson every single officer pays for that. Every single officer.”
Judge Perry Little, who was the fifth black attorney to practice in Tampa, told youth many kids will have an encounter with police.
“Most kids will have an encounter with a police officer. ” But how do you have this contact and live to see another day?” asked Little.
“Fleeing is never an option.” — Judge Perry Little
Eugene Davis, Senior Pastor of Living Faith Assembly where the event was held, believes the church should be more involved with police and community relations.
“There are things that have happened socially that affect us as individuals. I believe the church being a hub should in fact be involved in these kind of things,” said Pastor Davis.
Kenya Woodard, President of Beta Kappa Sigma, says this was a national effort for Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc.
“Because of the events in Ferguson, the National Director changed the direction of the Youth Symposium from focusing on STEM to focus on our current environment as we did today; Bringing together youth and members of the community to discuss social injustices,” said Woodard.
Other panelists included were Tampa attorneys Bryant Scriven and Will Garland.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators. The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University.