Event seeks community conversation on role of men

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A radio personality is calling for men, especially black men, to come together today for a community conversation.
Harold Turrentine, the general manager of 94.9 FM, organized Thursday’s forum shortly after hearing about the New Year’s shooting that occurred at Club Icon.
“It really stirred something in me,” said Turrentine, who is better known as Harold T. “I got fed up with the crime rate in our black community.
“We have to be accountable and accept responsibility for our actions and our ways.”
The forum will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul Outreach Center on Front Street in Tupelo. Turrentine and a couple of speakers will address the group, but most of the event will be open for people to speak. It will be a place for men to release pains and frustrations, Turrentine said.
“We will open the forum to anyone who wants to share some things or ask questions,” he said. “It will be no holds barred. Anything and everything is open, whatever they want and need to talk about.”
Titled “Real Men Need a Daddy Too,” the event’s aim is “restoring men to their place of value in our community.”
“It began with dealing with the pain that we as male figures face, especially in the black community,” he said.
Turrentine said the event is open to men of all races and ages. An event for women will be held on Feb. 24 and more will likely be held in the future.
“This is a community effort,” he said. “This is a call to all males in our community to come together to begin the process of unifying our community and our city.”

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.