JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The purpose behind the "Standing Our Ground" summit at Edward Waters College was to help African-Americans on the First Coast combat the issues they deal with every day.
O'Shawn Smith is a student at the school. He said the summit was a critical step in the right direction for him and the African-American community in Jacksonville.
"To me, it's very important," he said. "I've noticed there's too many young African Americans being sent to jail, getting locked up, shot, murdered."
The summit was made up of several panel discussions. The topics ranged from crime to the legal implications of the Stand Your Ground law. Smith said he got a lot out of all the discussions.
"Trying to give myself an upper hand," he said.
Nathaniel Glover, president of EWC, said the summit was " ... an opportunity to have open dialogue between our students, the legal community and the city of Jacksonville."
Smith said he's hopeful the summit was a step forward.
"I'm hopeful, I believe it can happen. Just got to put in the time and the work," he said.
First Coast News