Bibb Co. District Attorney forms community leader advisory board

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “Giving that window to you, to talk to the authority is very significant,” said Imam Shaikh Adam Fofana from the Islamic Center of Middle Georgia.

It’s an opportunity to connect people from everywhere.

“Anytime that people across difference can get together and have a meal together and talk about things that are important helps,” said Reverend Cassandra Howe from the High Street Unitarian Universalist Church.

Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke took that window of opportunity and ran with it.

“I believe the time has come to create a more formal advisory board,” said Cooke in a news conference Tuesday.

Cooke brought together 13 community and religious leaders from different backgrounds to serve on the District Attorney’s Faith and Community Leaders Advisory Board.

“I think we’re going to do something good for our community,” said Fofana.

Fofana and Howe are both on the board.

“I think it increases trust between the District Attorney’s Office and the community,” said Howe.

They say it’s more important than ever to have something like the board right now.

“We have president elected Donald Trump so I think we can all look forward to move the country forward, and the most important thing is to keep our community safe,” said Fofana.

“This advisory council shows that that a black man is an American just as much as a white man,” said Howe. “Or a Muslim is just as much of an American as a Christian, as a Jew, as a woman is an American just as much as a man.”

They’ll have the opportunity to bring people who are different, together.

Cooke says he’ll continue to listen to all community members, including those not on the formal advisory board.

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