CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Former gang member speaks at UI Feb. 25
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rudolph "Rockhead" Johnson, former member of
the Los Angeles Compton Crips street gang, will discuss solutions to gang
violence at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the University of Iowa College of Law.
Johnson, who is executive coordinator of the gang intervention program Amer-I-Can
will present the talk, "America's Gang Dilemma: Getting to REAL Solutions,"
in the Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Iowa
Student Bar Association and the Iowa chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild.
Johnson will also take audience questions after the presentation.
Amer-I-Can was founded in 1988 by National Football League Hall-of-Famer
Jim Brown as a program designed to give gang members, former convicts and
other troubled youth alternatives to a life of crime. The program emphasizes
education, self-pride and personal responsibility.
Brown has visited the Iowa several times in the past 10 years to work with
Adrien Wing, a UI professor or law who has helped advise Brown on establishing
Amer-I-Can chapters in Iowa and the Midwest. Wing is also co-writing a biography
of Johnson and is writing a book on gang intervention with Brown.
Born in 1963, Johnson spent 20 years in various California prisons and youth
offender programs, including several years in solitary confinement. He joined
Amer-I-Can after he was fired from a job in 1990 because of his criminal record.
He is a trained facilitator in the program.
Persons who need special accommodations to participate in this program should
contact the College of Law at 335-9034.