In 2014, Valerie Dent lost her two youngest sons, ages 24 and 31, to gun violence. That same weekend, Edith Williams lost her great nephew. A few months later, her pastor asked her to help start a local chapter of Mothers in Charge.
Nationally, this organization is known as "a violence prevention, education and intervention-based organization, which advocates and supports youth, young adults, families and community organizations affected by violence."
Locally, Williams and Dent help grieving families cope when violent tragedies strike.
Get in touch via the St Louis Mothers in Charge Facebook page.
Here's a look at how the conversation goes:
1:15-10:30 - Mothers in Charge in St Louis. The tough stories that brought Williams and Dent to this important work.
10:30-13:45 - Working with the police and how Mothers in Charge helps grieving families.
13:45-20:00 - "Structure to give back..." How Edith and Valerie make this work happen.
20:00-23:30 - "When I call them, I want them to show up..." more on working with the police.
23:30-27:00 - The nuts and bolts of reaching out to a grieving family.
27:00-32:30 - "Think before you react." "Retaliation needs to stop." The best ways to decrease violence.
32:30-40:00 - "Show children love... and that they can trust you." Wrapping up and what gives Dent and Williams hope.
Here is a rough breakdown of how the conversation went.
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For 15 years, four hours every morning, Lizz Brown woke up the St Louis region with her WGNU show, "The Wakeup Call."
The title of her talk radio program was more than a witty double entendre, it was a way of life for the firebrand host who wasn't afraid to declare that she was "liberal and lovin' it."
Adella Jones is a public information specialist who worked for the St. Louis Police Department and sometimes went toe to toe with the radio host while Brown was in her prime with "The Wakeup Call." Jones has since left the SLPD and now works in the private sector.
Jones and DJ Wilson are both full of respect and admiration for the radio personality who passed away on Sept 6, 2017 after battling cancer for some time.
Here's a look at how the conversation went:
2:30-8:30 - Reporting from the back of a paddy wagon. Brown obviously talked the talk, but she walked the walk, too.
8:30-14:15 - A voice for North St. Louis. "The Wakeup Call" provided a voice for the otherwise unheard.
14:15-15:45 - Multiple dimensions. While Brown was known for her fiery on-air personality, she had some surprises in store.
15:45-23:30 - "She'd make you sharpen up your game..." Brown made local government better by holding them accountable.
23:30-37:00 - Media is lame now. Not only did Brown host her own show, she influenced the rest of the St Louis media market.
37:30-48:00 - "Talking releases pressure." No one is doing what Lizz did anymore... "disengagement is not to our advantage.
48:30-54:20 - Lizz at her best and the media landscape today.