Detroit’s State of the Hood summit returned this year to talk about solutions for stopping gun violence. The annual summit of residents and community leaders is organized by Church of the Messiah Pastor Barry Randolph in the Islandview neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. The forum serves as a place for residents to share their biggest concerns about gun violence in their neighborhoods, and a space for civic and religious leaders to discuss solutions that can empower community members to create change.  

Producer Marcus Green takes viewers to the 2022 State of the Hood summit to hear what religious and community leaders have to say about stopping gun violence in Detroit. Plus, summit participants explore the current resources and investments needed to reduce gun violence involving inner city neighborhood youth. 

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Religious and civil leaders, community activists and nearby neighborhood residents gathered at the Church of the Messiah in Islandview, on Detroit’s east side, for the 2022 State of the Hood summit to talk about stopping gun violence. | Photo by American Black Journal

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