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Moravian College to hold Program focusing on “Street Savvy” and Safety

Bethlehem, Pa., October 31, 2007— As part of a year-long series examining the origins and repercussions of “hate,” Moravian College will hold a program, Understanding Our World: Safety in the Midst of Hate and Violence, on Tuesday, November 6, at 7 p.m.in Prosser Auditorium, located in the Haupert Union Building (HUB). Sergeant De Lacy Davis will discuss the ways in which individuals should practice safety and be alert to their surroundings.  His talk will include information about gang signs and what they mean, as well as what it means to be “street savvy” in a changing society where car-jackings occur, women are victims of rape, and innocent victims are targeted. Admission to the program is free of charge and open to the public.

De Lacy Davis is a retired 20 year veteran officer of the East Orange Police Department in East Orange, New Jersey. He has been an instructor at the Essex County Police Department and is a New Jersey State certified firearms instructor. Davis has served as President and Vice President of the Police Benevolent Association Local #16, and as executive director of the East Orange Police Athletic League since 1999.  Recently Sergeant Davis was asked to assume the principal’s position at Charter School in Newark, New Jersey.

He has made appearances on MTV, Nightline, Scarborough Country, C-Span, Oprah, Like it is with Gil Noble, BET’S Teen Summit, MSNBC, Tonight with Tavis Smiley, CBS Morning Show, and other broadcast media.  In addition, Davis has been featured in Time Magazine, Source Magazine and Vibe Magazine.  He writes a news column “Breaking the Blue…Code of Silence” and is a popular guest on talk radio nationwide. Davis is a graduate of Drew University with a degree in English and a master’s degree in Administrative Science from Farleigh Dickinson University.  He is the author of the bestselling book, Black Cops Against Police Brutality: A Crisis Action Plan.

The Department of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Moravian College has initiated a year-long series on HATE that grew out of the awareness and concern that there is too much hate born of prejudices, leading to violent and mean-spirited acts in the world.  The goal of the program is to try to understand the history and dynamics of hate, and to explore the skills individuals need to cultivate to challenge this divisive force lurking at all levels in our society — necessary skills for the benefit of all to promote peace in our world.

The program is sponsored by the Office of Institutional  Diversity, Student Life, Office of Student Life, Campus Safety, Philosophy Department, Peace and Justice Committee.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.