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Memphis’ Pastor Norman nets White House honor

The White House on Wednesday (April 4) honored Memphis Pastor Keith Norman as one of twelve leaders recognized for their work to prevent youth violence within their communities.

The White House on Wednesday (April 4) honored Memphis Pastor Keith Norman as one of twelve leaders recognized for their work to prevent youth violence within their communities.

 
 Rev. Keith Norman

The recognition came as part of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Launched at the direction of President Obama in 2010, the forum is a network of communities and federal agencies working together to share information and build local capacity to prevent and reduce youth violence. Rev. Norman, along with the Forum’s Memphis team, reported on their progress at a national summit Monday in Washington, D.C.

“I’m proud leaders like these have found new and innovative ways to prevent youth violence,” said Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson. “If we’re going to combat violence and keep our kids safe, then we need to ensure we dedicate time and manpower to the issue. These leaders have done just that, and this is what makes them true champions for their communities and our country.”

The White House released this description of Rev. Norman:

“(He) has served as the Senior Servant Leader of the First Baptist Church Broad Avenue (FBCB) for the past 12 years. Prior to his service at FBCB, Pastor Norman was a highly successful business leader. After leaving the corporate community, Pastor Norman continued to use his skills to revitalize the community in which his church resides.

“During his tenure, he has led the church in more than $10 million worth of capital improvements serving a wide range of needs from education to homeless services and community development. He serves on numerous local and national boards of directors where he uses his influence to bring resources and manpower to serve the people of his church and community.”

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

To learn more visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

More information on the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and Memphis’ role is available at: www.findyouthinfo.gov.

 

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