In Wake of Baltimore Protests, City Leaders Convene in Philadelphia to Reduce Violence Among African American Men and Boys

WASHINGTON - The following statement may be attributed to Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities:

"Over the past few days, the nation has witnessed yet another community in pain following the tragic death of one of its residents. Our hearts go out to the residents, city leaders and municipal workforce in Baltimore who are searching for answers in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray. It is heartbreaking to see peaceful protests turn violent, which only serves to deepen wounds and prevent a community's healing. The violence has to stop; only then can we move forward.

"Today, city leaders from across the nation are convening in Philadelphia for Cities United, where we will discuss strategies to eliminate violence in American cities among African American men and boys. As a key partner in Cities United and as an organization that represents city leaders, we stand with cities as they work to restore hope and build pathways to justice, employment and education for all our residents. For cities to grow and prosper, we must aspire to create greater racial equity and increase opportunities that strengthen communities and their residents."

Click here for more information about the Cities United gathering in Philadelphia. Additional resources about Cities United can be found at: http://citiesunited.org.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.