The Spring 2002 Forum presented an opportunity for advocates against violence to explore issues surrounding community and family violence that bear special significance to African Americans. Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, the Philadelphia Forum also presented an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other public service workers and advocates against violence from across the nation to come together in an effort to generate solutions to issues of violence that will help restore the health of our community. In addition, the psychological, environmental and societal elements that inform an African American man’s decision to initiate or respond with violent behavior were examined during the Forum’s plenary and workshop sessions by several nationally renowned speakers and authorities on the issue.