Moving On After Gun Violence: A Conversation with the Authors of Something Happened in Our Park

July 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Charis Books and More/Charis Circle

Children who have heard about recent mass shootings or increased community gun violence may have questions and safety concerns. This event will help parents and teachers learn strategies to talk to children about gun violence and help them cope with anxiety. The presenters are Drs. Ann Hazzard and Dr. Marietta Collins, child psychologists and two of the authors of Something Happened in Our Park: Standing Together After Gun Violence. The co-authors will present excerpts from the book and discuss how to use this story of resilience and community empowerment as a teaching tool for children. This discussion will be moderated by Brenda Muhammad, Executive Director of Atlanta Victims Assistance, and a national leader in violence prevention. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis’ virtual event platform.

This important follow-up to the bestselling, groundbreaking, and inspiring Something Happened in Our Town, is a much-needed story to help communities in the aftermath of gun violence. When Miles’s cousin Keisha is injured in a shooting, he realizes people can work together to reduce the likelihood of violence in their community. With help from friends and family, Miles learns to use his imagination and creativity to help him cope with his fears. This book can help provide parents with helpful messages of reassurance and empowerment. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing community gun violence with children, and sample dialogues.

Drs. Hazzard and Collins (along with Dr. Marianne Celano) are also the authors of the New York Times bestseller Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice (2018). The authors met over two decades ago as Emory faculty members, working with families at the Grady campus. All have been active in community organizations and social justice efforts. Dr. Collins is currently an Associate Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she is the Director of Behavioral Medicine.

Since losing her eldest son to violent crime, Brenda Joyce Muhammad has created both a volunteer movement and an agency that advocates for the fundamental rights of victims and witnesses of crime with compassion, dignity, and respect. Ms. Muhammad founded Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters (MOMS) in 1990. She is currently the Executive Director of Atlanta Victims Assistance and a national leader in violence prevention.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle’s mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

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