Skip to content
Shoals organization seeks to overcome stigma between law enforcement and black community through outreach to youth

SHEFFIELD, Alabama – From Dark to Light is the name of a community youth outreach event taking place at Sterling Boulevard Church of Christ on Halloween.

Event organizer Chris Garner said the purpose of the event is to allow people with different perspectives to come together and learn from each other.

“I think everyone has a nifty comment about people because people want to use their own comments, but it gives everyone a chance to have a voice,” Garner said. “If everyone sees a lot of different perspectives, everyone gets a different perspective for themselves. “

A partner organization of the event is the Kaiden Garner Project, founded in honor of Florence’s toddler whose life was tragically taken in 2020.

The organization’s vice chairman Eartis Bridges said the founders, one of whom worked with the late Sergeant Nick Risner at the Sheffield Police Department, want to use the Sunday event and the service and the example of Sergeant Risner to reach out to minority youth in the region to help overcome the stigma between law enforcement and the black community.

“I felt it was necessary that we take the opportunity, the Darkness to Light event that we are preparing to host, that it be allowed to wear a uniform because in the black community it is is a big stigma. Our kids don’t want to be law enforcement officers, ”said Bridges. “In order to bridge the gap, we need to stop waiting for other people to do something we could do for ourselves.”

Bridges said that when you invest in young people, you can help correct community mistakes and prevent history from repeating itself.

The event starts Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Organizers said they expected an exciting day with food, games, live music and a trunk or treat.


whnt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.