Q&A: AQEELA SHERRILLS – Community Self-Determination Institute

Written on April 25th, 2012



Aired 04/22/12


20 years ago this spring there was a riot/disturbance following the Rodney King verdict. But there was another event in 1992 that received somewhat less attention, but was more remarkable: The Peace Treaty between the Crips and Bloods. Aqeela Sherrills was intimately involved in negotiating that treaty and is spearheading a celebration/reunion next week on its 20th anniversary. He is executive director and co-founder (with his brother Daude) of the Community Self-Determination Institute. He also co-founded Amer-I-Can with American football player Jim Brown. Sherrills’ son, Terrell Sherrills, was shot to death in 2004 in an apparently random killing. A longtime anti-death penalty activist, Sherrills became the Southern California Outreach Coordinator for California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CCV) in 2010.

Los Angeles “Peace Treaty” 20th Anniversary Reunion Celebration.

Community Dialogue this Friday April 27th all day at the Maxine Waters Employment Preparedness Cener, 10925 S Central Av.LA 90059. It will include Jim Brown, Connie Rice, Alex Sanchez, Rick Ross, among others.

UNITY MUSIC celebration — all day Saturday April 28th — Graham Ave and 103rd –featuring the Watts Prophets, Charles Wright and the 103rd Street Band and many others. To learn more go to https://www.facebook.com/20thPeaceTruce#!/20thPeaceTruce