Our good friend Rev. Bessie Donaldson, Associate Minister of Big Bethel AME Church in downtown Atlanta—and the driving force behind the Big Bethel Saturday School, one of our three Partners in Education—has asked us to spread the word about an important upcoming program.
Big Bethel will be observing its eleventh Annual National Children’s Sabbath Weekend on Oct. 22 and 23. Each year the Informational Forum addresses serious concerns that children and youth face each and every day. This year—an election year—it will deal with key legislation that will dramatically affect our children, youth and families.
The Informational Forum on Saturday, Oct. 22, will primarily focus on Amendment I (the “Opportunity School District” proposal) and Amendment II (Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children).
The forum will also address bullying, gang/gun violence, education and academic achievement, police and the community, and peer pressure. Panel participants include Senator Vincent Fort, Solicitor General-Elect Keith Gammage, retired probation officers Roy Williams and Bessie Shavers, retired APS counselor Joanne Jackson-Jones, Pamela Perkins-Carn, coordinator for the Interfaith Children’s Movement, and Jarvis Davis, an up and coming community organizer for youth. There will be breakout discussion sessions for children and youth.