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Leadership organization holds safety seminar

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Dr. Harry Hobbs spoke with kids about staying safe. Dr. Harry Hobbs spoke with kids about staying safe.

A community leadership group talked with young African-Americans on Saturday about staying safe.

The 100 Black Men of America's Greater Huntsville chapter held the event in Huntsville. Part of the discussion centered on the Trayvon Martin case.

BMOA President James Matthewson discussed what his group hopes the kids will take home with them. "All of our kids carry cell phones now, so they have the opportunity to call 911 and say, 'I'm at this location, there is a suspicious person following me, and I don't know what they are doing.' We want to cause them to think before reacting to any situation," he said.

Dr. Harry Hobbs, the spokesperson for Huntsville police, also spoke with the kids about how to treat others and themselves with respect. He also talked about how to act if approached by an officer.

Hobbs told the kids that "people are not going to perceive you the way you think you are."

The group has 45 kids in the program.

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