“We’ll never arrest our way out of this situation”: Rev. Jeffrey Brown speaks on urban violence at TED2015

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Jeffrey Brown gives a powerful talk at TED2015 about how he, a Baptist minister, learned to work with drug dealers and gang members to reduce violence. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED Rev. Jeffrey Brown gives a powerful talk at TED2015 about how he, as a Baptist minister, learned to work with drug dealers and gang members to reduce violence. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

Jeffrey Brown is a Baptist minister. And yet, he says, “I learned some of my most important life lessons from drug dealers and gang members and prostitutes and had some of my most profound theological conversations on a street corner.”

Brown was one of the co-founders of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based group that was an integral part of the “Boston Miracle,” during which violent crime in the city declined by 79% through the 1990s. But to be a part of this change, Brown realized that he couldn’t just stand on a pulpit and talks to the congregants in the pews. He knew he had to leave his church and go out into the community and minister to…

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