Friday, August 17, 2001

Rev. Rivers' visit postponed

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Rev. Eugene Rivers, director of the Boston-based National Ten-Point Leadership Foundation, has indefinitely postponed his trip to the Queen City to visit with Cincinnati Community Action Now leaders.

        The Rev. Mr. Rivers was supposed to arrive in Cincinnati on Thursday to help CAN develop a replica of the Boston Ten-Point Plan for mobilizing black churches. The program has gained national attention for its effectiveness in reducing drug- and gang-related vi olence and improving relations between police and the African-American community.

        After watching the Rev. Mr. Rivers in action last month in Boston, CAN leaders and Mayor Charlie Luken declared that Cincinnati would begin developing its own model. Commission Co-chairman Ross Love said the postponement will not stop the race commission from moving forward with its plans for implementing the program.

        Mr. Love said it is possible the Rev. Mr. Rivers could visit Cincinnati later.


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