HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Criminal justice and police-community relations will be at the top of concerns when Cornell William Brooks, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, visits Long Island later this month, said Long Island NAACP spokesman Billy Moss.

“There needs to be an open dialogue between police departments and communities of color so that violence doesn’t happen between the two unnecessarily,” Moss told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

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Brooks’ visit was announced Monday. He will attend the 11th Long Island NAACP regional luncheon on Feb. 27 at the Crest Hollow County Club.

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Brooks will bring guidance and hope when it comes to issues significant to everybody, Moss said.

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“This is an important issue, not just in cities, but in the suburbs as well,” he said.