Workshop held in honor of man killed in police shooting
Students from local middle schools and high schools Saturday participated in a workshop focused on social justice, youth development and community activism.
The workshop was the 4th annual event hosted by The Amadou Diallo Foundation.
The foundation honors Amadou Diallo, who was shot and killed in 1999 by four NYPD officers.
His family has since fought for social justice and equality for the past 19 years.
The yearly event aims to inform students on the life of Diallo and his death. Diallo's mother, along with other local leaders, motivated the students with several speeches.
"You want them to become more aware of themselves through the health domain," says Gene Adams, of Bronx Community College. "But you also want them to become aware that they have a social responsibility."
This year's workshop focused on improving the mind, body and soul.
Diallo's mother, Kadiatou, says that although her son was unable fulfill his dream to become teacher, she finds comfort in that his death has become something to learn from.
"He's still teaching the world today," she says. "About prejudice, about how to take prejudice out of your heart, about love, unity, about bringing community and police together to change what happened to him."
Kadiatou says she believes Amadou's legacy can be passed on to today's youth through education and communication.