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Jarralynne Agee is currently the Director of the Violence Reduction Initiative that was launched to address and hopefully reduce the growing, alarming incidents of violence, especially homicides, in our city.

Jarralynne has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Fisk University, an MLS in Psychology from Ohio State University, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University at Fresno. 

She came to Birmingham from San Francisco in 2008 when her husband became part of the Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics group. Upon moving to Birmingham, she joined the faculty at Miles College as an assistant professor of criminal justice.  In 2010, she began working with the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (JCCEO), overseeing its Positive Pathways program for former incarcerated youth and those with early interaction with the justice system.

She and her husband, Robert have two children.

Why have you decided to serve as an inaugural Torchbearer for the JLB?
I am honored to serve in a way that could have a real impact on our community. I am excited about the opportunity to introduce my friends to ways that they can be involved in the fight against children’s exposure to violence. I said yes to being a torchbearer because I wanted to be a light in the community and show that love can conquer all. This  campaign is an engaging, creative way for us all to get involved in an effort to make our communities safer. 

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
The person that inspires me to be a light in the community is my mother, Karen Fletcher. Many people from my past know that my mom  was the person that someone could call to get their child into college or out of jail. My mother’s willingness to help others inspires me to continue the work that she started by helping to heal our communities through love and support of one another. As a child that was exposed to violence at an early age because of the conditions we were living in,  I always looked up to my mom for trying to protect her even at times when she couldn’t protect herself.

 

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