Moving Beyond Gun Violence - Mini Summit Session 1
William Kellibrew is a global advocate for human, civil, children and victims’ rights. Currently, he is director for trauma programs within the Office of Youth Violence Prevention at the Baltimore City Health Department. His role includes overseeing the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Baltimore federally funded program focused on identifying the needs of young males of colour and their families as well as working to address gaps in services. Kellibrew is no stranger to trauma and violence.
At age 10, William witnessed the murders of his mother, Jacqueline and 12-year-old brother, Tony, in their living room on July 2, 1984, by his mom's ex-boyfriend. The killer died by suicide that day, but not before making William beg for his life at gunpoint. In this presentation, William highlights the role that values played in his own healing and resiliency after childhood trauma in order to find a constant inner-peace which he shares throughout the world.
In 2011, Kellibrew was recognized by the White House as a ‘Champion of Change’ and in 2013, he received the Voice Award from SAMHSA for his work across the country as a peer/consumer leader. In 2014, he accepted the Capitol Probe Award at the District of Columbia Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and in 2015 he received the U.S. Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award. Follow Kellibrew on Facebook.com/willkelli and Instagram/Twitter at willkelli.
Jamira Burley is a youth violence prevention advocate working with The Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance. In 2005, at the age of 20, Jamira's bother Andre was gunned down in his sleep. Instead of crawling back into the hole that was once her life, she became inspired to not take what happened to her brother lying down but rather get up and do something about it. At a young age she overcame many adversities, including homelessness and living in a drug and violent affected community. Many times people labeled her as a victim, but after the death of her brother, she refused to allow anyone to think of her outside of the work that she's accomplished. With the murder of Andre she discovered her purpose and it allowed her to live for something bigger than herself. As a result, she created the Overbrook High School Panther Peace Core, an Anti-Violence program operated by students for students.
Jamira is a recent graduate of Temple University, a founding member of the Campaign for Non-violence Schools, and served as National Coordinator for the Student Peace Alliance. After leading a campaign to put the creation of a City of Philadelphia Youth Commission on the ballot, Jamira was appointed by the mayor as its first Executive Director. Her drive, perseverance, and passion to create a culture of peace are admired both in her home city and nationally.