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City of Ypsilanti becomes Lifetime Licensee of the film WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer

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December 17, 2018
Less than a year ago, the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Chairman Nat Alston signed an agreement for his organization to become a National Strategic Partner with the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Movement, and moved quickly to license the film WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer for use at community events in Ypsilanti, MI. After a half-dozen community screenings attended by city leaders, peace officers, clergy, students and others, the NAAAHR leader brokered a deal for the City of Ypsilanti to become the first city in America to acquire a Lifetime License to use the film city-wide in an effort to put the film’s L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles into action. The lifetime licensing agreement will be signed on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ in Ypsilanti.

"This is a unique arrangement in that this is the first time that a city government has made a commitment to engage virtually all of its departments for a 360-degree solution to improving police-community relations,” said film Director & Producer A.J. Ali. “We’re excited about it because we know the value of having various entities focused on the same goal rather than operating in separate silos with different agendas. I think we’re going to see some extraordinary partnerships and wonderful relationships built between police and community in Ypsilanti as a result of the city’s commitment.” 

Lois E. Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti City Mayor Pro-tem, said “The film WALKING WHILE BLACK is a must-see documentary for anyone who is truly interested in good community-police relations. I have viewed this film the nine times it has shown in Ypsilanti, and have learned something each and every time.”

NAAAHR exists to provide a unique global forum for the career development of Black and African American human resources professionals.  The Association’s social media community is made up of a collection of over 15,000 HR members, affiliates and operates more than 25 chapters and interest groups throughout the nation.  Visit NAAAHR at www.naaahr.org.  

The L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Movement, was birthed by the documentary film "WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer,” a socially-conscious film bridging the historically painful gap between law enforcement and the Black community.  L.O.V.E. is an acronym for -- LEARN about the community you serve, OPEN your heart to the people in it, VOLUNTEER yourself to be part of the solution in their lives, and EMPOWER others to do the same.  More than 25,000 people have viewed the film at screenings in more than 20 states since the film’s world premiere in 2017.  The Filmmakers have plans to show the film to more than 100,000 people in all 50 states in 2019 and have introduced workshops and conferences to engage individuals and communities on a deeper level of learning about how to love your neighbor.

Join the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Movement at www.LOVEIsTheAnswerMovement.com.  See the film that inspired the movement
at:  www.walkingwhileblackthemovie.com.  

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