August has been designated "Operation Take Back" by the Memphis Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), coinciding with a project developed to "minimize crime in the Memphis community."
SCLC President Dwight Montgomery and chapter members pitched the program during a "Crime Solution Luncheon" held Tuesday at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 1098 S. Wellington Street (at McLemore). During the session, Mayor AC Wharton Jr. addressed the group about his vision for continued crime reduction in Memphis.
Through Operation Take Back, SCLC is asking church pastors to:
Organize a meeting with residents in the neighborhood where their church is located to discuss how the church and residents can work together. Joint meetings are suggested for streets or areas with multiple churches.
Organize a neighborhood watch group or look at ways to strengthen existing groups.
Help parents develop better parenting skills and stress the importance their involvement in the community's daily activities.
Provide mentors and tutors for children attending neighborhood schools.
Initiate a door-to-door campaign to "bring people to Christ."