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At 3 p.m. in front of Stephens County Jail, Bishop to Condemn Racially Motivated Acts, Gun Violence
(HOUSTON – August 28) As the nation commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have Dream” speech, Houston Bishop James Dixon, who is the cousin of one of the teens charged in the murder of the Australian baseball player, is meeting privately this morning with local clergy and community leaders to try to ease concerns about teens and gun violence.
During his daylong visit, Dixon will be issuing a statement at 3:00 p.m. in from of the Stephens County Jail, 101 S. 11th St # 104 to condemn racially motivated acts of violence. He will also express his deep regrets to the family of Christopher Lane, and also plans to support efforts to honor Lane’s memory, along side his friends.
Dixon learned about his family ties to James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, two days ago. Devastated by the news, Dixon said he wants to prevent teens – or anyone –from committing random acts of violence. Pastor Ronald Boyd of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the meeting.
As pastor the Community of Faith Church in Houston, Dixon has a long history of work against gun violence. He is founder of Be Your Brother’s Keeper, Not Your Brother’s Killer. The purpose of the movement is to promote the concept of brotherhood within and across lines of race, and to discourage violence by promoting the sanctity of human life. Dixon also is founder of the Safer Place for Me Foundation, a nonprofit committed to “protecting and empowering children” from violence.