U-Turn lunch helps young men stay on the right path
Thursday, dozens of law enforcement officers, business leaders,
and professionals met with young men in the community for the 5th
annual U-Turn lunch.
Wilmington Police Department officers said the goal was to help
young men keep their lives on track and/or help them make a "U-turn" if they
were heading down the wrong path.
"Especially, in a time when we are faced with gang violence
and so many other issues in our community, it's just really important for law
enforcement along with the business community and professions to come together
with young men and say ‘we want to help you stay on the right track and make a
u turn," Linda Rawley with the Wilmington Police Department explained.
During the lunch, the men were able to meet and eat with people
they might not have otherwise have the chance to talk to, giving them a support
system and someone they could get advice from.
"One of the things I want to talk with the young men about
today is knowing the difference between a battle and a war. Many times things
that are small battles- that you can just turn your head from and keep moving -
we turn into a war. We lose a lot of
young men that way," said Dr. Anthony Graham, the keynote speaker at the
lunch and a professor at NC A&T State.