Activist and Author Barbara A. Thurmond: Standing Tall Against Violence in Hopes of Saving the Lives of Children and Stopping Violent Crimes in African American Neighborhoods in Augusta, Georgia
2012 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 22-28, 2012
2012 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Conference is June 18-20, 2012 in Arlington, VA
2012 38th National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference will be held August 19-22, 2012 in San Diego
The April 4th Revisited: National Youth Violence Prevention Conference was held on April 4, 2012 at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta
2012 Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. Annual Violence Awareness Program event was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Beulah Grove Community Resource Center in Augusta, Georgia
Excerpts from book "Joy in my Heart: My Journey from Hopelessness to Happiness" by Barbara Thurmond published by AuthorHouse in 2003 in paperback and hardcover
Editor’s Note: My dear friend and mentor Barbara Thurmond would have been embarrassed by this tribute to her efforts – feeling it is much more important for us to concentrate on the issues of black-on-black violence and victim's rights – and I agree.
Hope this and subsequent posts do both.
“We understood early on that black on black violence was bigger than one brother killing another,” Thurmond said. “One of the many facts we identified was the injustice and double standards of the criminal justice system.”
Thurmond ask the important question “is there a connection between the disproportionate number of blacks assigned to special education and the disproportionate number of black male victimizers?”
“If only Ms. Thurmond were alive today maybe the black-on-black violence in Augusta could be reduced because of her spirit and love for people”
— said Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, a member of Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc. from 1991 to 2006 and served as the group’s chief financial officer from 1995 to 2002.
|Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond used in an October 2006 story by Nikasha Dicks, Augusta Chronicle reporter, entitled "Campaign to protest crime fulfills co-founder's dream" about the Thurmond's death.|
"We just decided to call it what it was," Thurmond stated in 1997. "We were blacks who were addressing the epidemic of black on black crime."
|July 1999 Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond (right) for July 27, 1999 article entitled "Crime in Black Community" written by Augusta Chronicle Crime Reporter Meghan Gourleywanis President-Elect Bill Tillery (center) share the podium with Mrs. Thurmond (right).|
|Augusta Chronicle photo of Barbara Thurmond for a January 12, 1997 story entitled "Locals await Legislature" about the brutal murder of Phalonda Howard of Augusta.Thurmond is sitting next to a "Stop the Killing" campaign poster.|
|Sheila Stahl (left) listens to other panelists at a 1991 Crime Prevention Conference in Augusta, Georgia. Stahl was the director of the Victims Assistance Department of the Augusta Richmond County judicial system.|
|Program for April 1999 "Out-Smart Crime" Community Resources and Crime Prevention Conference in Augusta.|
Link to all Augusta Chronicle articles, stories, editorials: Honoring Stop the Violence Activist Barbara A. Thurmond of Augusta, Georgia who co-founded Blacks Against Black Crime, Inc. with her sister Earnestine Covington in June 1991:
The memorial to Barbara Thurmond on the NCVIA Board of Directors page recognizes her efforts with the "Tools for Change" project:
Georgia Lawmakers honored Barbara Thurmond for her crusade against violence and for protecting children
|Kirby L. Turner|
Honoring two community servants and victim's rights advocate who Barbara Thurmond respected: Then-D.A. Superior Court Judge Danny Craig and D.A.'s office victim assistant coordinator Sheila Stahl:
Honoring Former Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney and Current Superior Court Judge Danny Craig - whom Barbara Thurmond said - put victims first and gave long terms to violent offenders
Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Danny Craig
|Former Augusta Judicial Circuit D.A. Danny Craig raises his hand on Monday, February 18, 2008 in the Georgia Senate chamber of the Capitol in Atlanta to take the oath of office for Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge. Mr. Craig's wife Crystal Craig watches holding a Bible. (Morris News Service Photo by Walter C. Jones) http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/02/19/met_187864.shtml|
The Rev. James Sanford Lamar (1829-1908), the pastor of First Christian Church, publisher of The Christian Union and later associate editor of the Christian Standard (wrote “Organon of Scripture: Or the Inductive Method of Biblical Interpretation”).
Joseph Rucker Lamar (1857-1916), an Augusta lawyer and United States Supreme Court Justice in the early 20th century who died after only five years on the court (Dec. 17, 1910 – Jan. 2, 1916) after falling into ill-health – dying only 8 years after his father.
Barbara Thurmond requested paying tribute to victim's right advocate Sheila Stahl of Augusta, Georgia - who worked for then-D.A. Danny Craig:
Richmond County District Attorney's office Victim Assistance coordinator Sheila Stahl (right) talks with Jason Glista (left), the husband of serial murder victim Marni Glista, before the arraignment hearing for mass murderer Reinaldo Rivera at the Augusta Law Enforcement Center.
Reinaldo Rivera sits on Georgia’s Death Row awaiting execution for the murder and rape of four Augusta area women: Army Sgt. Marni Glista, 21, who died on Sept. 9, 2000; Tabitha Bosdell, 17; Melissa Dingess, 17; and Tiffaney Wilson, 17. Photo by Jonathan Ernst, Augusta Chronicle Staff
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) (or Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act) was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
- Founding member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance
- Former Director of the California Department of Corrections
- Former Director of the California Youth Authority
- Founding Chair of the American Correctional Association's Task Force on Victims of Crime
- Former deputy sheriff in San Bernardino County, California
Patti LaBelle sings the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremonies of the 37th NOVA Conference, August 15, 2011, Philadelphia.
May 1, 2011: Girl Scouts Earn Gold Awards (Augusta)
http://www.gshg.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_details&gid=532&Itemid=119 Augusta Press Release of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. (May 2, 2011): Girl Scouts Host Grand Opening at Camp Tanglewood on Columbia Road in Martinez, Georgia Cabin Built as Part of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition The wheelchair accessible cabin, made of logs harvested from a Canadian forest fire, replaces cabins lost to fire at Camp Tanglewood
May 2, 1011: Girl Scouts Host Grand Opening at Camp Tanglewood
http://www2.wjbf.com/news/extreme-makeover-augusta/2011/apr/18/grand-opening-camp-tanglewood-cabin-held-weekend-ar-1732592/ Find more Augusta area information from the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc.:
|Photo of Bernice King, CEO of the King Center|
“The King Center’s partnership with the CDC has tremendous potential for reducing youth violence and helping to correct these disparities, through educational outreach and using the King Center’s resources to promote community awareness, action, and mobilization,” said King Center CEO Bernice King