TV personality Judge Hatchett to speak at church Youth Explosion

Matthew Strother News editor

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TV personality Judge Glenda Hatchett will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Point on Saturday to motivate youth in the wake of recent youth-related violence.

The church at 1111 E. 10th Street in West Point will host Youth Explosion Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. for registered youth, and the event will open to the public at 3 p.m., when Hatchett will speak to “empower children,” said church pastor The Rev. Wille T. Edmondson.

“I know Judge Hatchett, a lot of her family are members of the church,” Edmondson said. “I reached out and she agreed to come.”

The event was conceived after Edmondson and other pastors from the area were in a training session and began to discuss what they saw as a lack of youth involvement in community. They were prompted by recent events like shootings, gang-related activities in LaGrange, West Point. and the Lanett and Valley, Ala., areas and the death of Brandon Truitt, 15, who was hit by a truck while on his bicycle.

They felt there needed to be something to stimulate children in the area. The event will consist of classes to help teach children about how to handle different issues like bullying, saying no to drugs and abstinence.

The 3 p.m. portion with Hatchett will be “the icing on the cake,” of the event, Edmondson said.

The explosion highlights weekend events at the church, which also include a worship service tonight at 7. The church hosts a Christmas cantata 7 p.m. Sunday.


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