September 18, 2018

Tonya Thomas' son was murdered on Feb. 19, 2018, so her grief is fresh. Month after month, I have watched her shed many tears over the death of her son and the lack of justice in his case.

Marquice Miles was born on Aug. 18, 1992, meaning he lived a mere 25 years. Tonya...

August 5, 2018

Jocques Clemmons may be a familiar name to some, making headlines around the nation when the 31-year-old was gunned down by a Metro police officer on Feb. 10, 2017.

Sheila Clemmons Lee, the mother of Jocques, shares with me what a caring man he was, speaking positivity...

May 25, 2018

I sit with D'Anthony's mother, Stacy Hall, and she tells me what a "big baby" D'Anthony was. She explains that her son was the youngest on both sides of the family. He was spoiled – not in terms of getting everything he wanted, but in being constantly underfoot, wantin...

My heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude for what is now underway at Nashville Peacemakers, and excitement over what lies ahead in 2018! Our Back to Basics girls made me proud on Martin Luther King Day by waking at the crack of dawn to volunteer at the second a...

November 20, 2017

The Back to Basics (B2B) fall session concluded on Nov. 13, and what fun it was for our 10 young ladies, and  enthusiastic program facilitators and volunteers!  Among the highlights:

The session launched with a blast at the Adventure Science Center.  Thanks to a ge...

November 20, 2017

This has been a heartbreaking year of violence in Nashville—the worst on record for death by gun among the city's youth. The size of the Mothers Over Murder (M.O.M.) support group of Nashville Peacemakers has more than kept pace with the 21 young lives that have been l...

November 19, 2017

On Nov. 2, Nashville Peacemakers successfully completed an eight-week pilot of its Off the Street Make a Beat program being championed by Lonnell Matthews in the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement. Participants Mychael Fennessee, Dawon Funtez Smit...

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so I’m counting my blessings and there are many to reflect on for 2017. This was a banner year for Nashville Peacemakers in many respects. For starters, our governing board enlarged considerably with the addition of Deborah Borfitz (pr...

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