All Augustans have reasons to be thankful. Homicides continue to decline each year, particularly black-on-black homicides.
In 2004, Augusta-Richmond county homicides were at an all-time low: 14 homicides were recorded. Black males continue to make up the majority of slaying victims, causing us to focus on causes of crime in the black community.
As encouraging as this progress is, much work needs to be done. Simply stated, we need to recommit ourselves and intensify our efforts. Sororities, fraternities, community-based organizations, educators, religious leaders, churches and mentors are doing great works with the youth in Augusta; your hard work and dedication have contributed to this decline.
No matter what is going on in the world, our children have to succeed; our communities have to be made whole.
Barbara Thurmond, Augusta
(Editor's note: The writer is a co-founder and president of Blacks Against Black Crime.)
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