DANVILLE — Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Davis has planned a Ward 1 meeting and African-American Community Conference for next week.
The community ward meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.
Davis said he looks forward to seeing residents at the meeting.
He appreciates having citizens actively involved with the enhancement and developmental growth of Ward 1 as well as the city of Danville.
Ward 1 Alderman Rickey Williams Jr. also plans to attend.
Citizen input is important, Davis said.
Davis said as a community leader, he would not be an effective leader if he did not address or bring to the forefront the issues or concerns of the community.
He says he’s learned that an alderman is not only an elected official that represents the populous, but he’s also a community leader.
“I find that there is a need to recognize the positive of a community as well as the negative,” he said in a press release.
This is why he’s planned an African-American Community Conference 2014, “Building the Bridge.”
The conference will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Danville Public Library.
The reason of this conference is to bring together scholars, students, activists, teachers, artists, social workers, community residents, pastors and others for a series of democratic conversations about the task of creating a more equitable city, he said through the press release.
The African-American community has experienced significant progression in the areas of economics, cultural influence and education, according to Davis.
However, there remains a real need for equality, justice, salvation and truth. Strategies, resources, and practical how-to sessions are the main focus of this conference.
Davis said he’s developing a vision and hopes the community will be empowered and impassioned to effectively communicate, heal, unite, evangelize, and mentor in our urban community.