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.