Thursday, August 11, 2011

Imperial Women, Black On Black Crime , Victims Families To Hold Anthony Sowell Post Conviction Soul Food Dinner Gathering And Press Conference Friday

By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor of The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com (

Members of The Imperial Women, Black on Black Crime, Survivors/Victims of Tragedy, other grassroots factions, and some family members of the 11 Black women murdered on Imperial Ave in Cleveland at the hands of serial killer Anthony Sowell will meet Friday, Aug 12, 2011 for an "Anthony Sowell Post Conviction Soul Food Dinner Gathering and Brief News Conference."

The event shall begin at 6 pm at the "I Have A Dream Restaurant" in Cleveland at 16402 Euclid Ave with a press conference at 7:30 pm, where the grassroots factions will discuss what has been done and what more needs to be done around the unprecedented tragedy that has rocked the greater Cleveland community. Also, Denise Hunter, the sister of Imperial Ave. Murder victim Amelda Hunter and the cousin of victim Crystal Dozier, will discuss what area police can do to improve safety, and a close relative of victim Diane Turner will talk about "the pain that Anthony Sowell has caused the families of the 11 murdered Black women."

"This is an Anthony Sowell conviction victory party," said Hunter, who has been an avid spokesperson for the victims' families.

Soul food dinners begin at $6 each and contacts for the dinner party are Imperial Women leader Kathy Wray Coleman at 216-932-3114, Survivors/Victims of Tragedy leader Judy Martin, who will be the spokesperson for the grassroots factions at the press conference, at 216-990-0679, and Black on Black Crime Founder Art McKoy at 216-253-4070. The restaurant telephone number is 216-249-8732.

"We invite the media and all persons that fought with us for changes in public and internal policies around the Imperial Ave Murders, those that rallied and prayed with us, and anybody touched by the unprecedented ordeal," said Kathy Wray Coleman, leader of The Imperial Women, the grassroots group founded around the tragedy. "We are not meeting to point fingers but to assess public safety issues for Black and other women, to remind the victims families that we still have your backs, and to bring closure as to an important phase of the matter since Sowell has been convicted of murder, a jury of his peers has recommended his punishment of death by lethal injection, and respected Judge Dick Ambrose is to decide on August 13 the life or death fate of a famed serial murderer."

In addition to The Imperial Women, Survivors/Victims of Tragedy, and Black on Black Crime other grassroots factions that have been at the heart of the issue are The Carl Stokes Brigade, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Peace in the Hood, Revolution Books, The Sowell 11, Goddesses Blessing Goddesses, The Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network, People for the Fair Treatment of Joaquin Hicks, Govabuse Ohio, The Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, The People for the Imperial Act, The People's Forum, The County Grand, The Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, The Oppressed People's Nation, The Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and Ohio Family Rights.

Journalist and Community Activist Kathy Wray Coleman can be reached at 216-932-3114 and