Statement as issued Thursday by the Fort Wayne/Allen County NAACP:
We now live in a nation where no home, workplace, church, school, mall, or gathering place is safe because of senseless crime and gun violence. On a local level since 1980, over 750 citizens in Allen County have lost their life to senseless crime and gun violence, and while urban areas our more largely affected by the increase in senseless crime and gun violence, no one individual, or collective group or community can ignore the call for change.
Therefore, on Saturday May 3rd the Fort Wayne/Allen County NAACP will join in the national initiative to end senseless crime and gun violence by holding its 2nd Annual Stand for Justice Stop the Violence “Pick up a Book Not a Gun” March and Rally. Participants in the march will begin to assemble at 11:00 a.m. on the corner of Colerick and South Anthony Blvd. Participants will march to South Anthony Blvd. and McKinnie Ave., where a rally will be held to not only stand for justice or step up and speak out against senseless gun violence but to remember those who have lost their lives due to senseless crime and gun violence. During the rally various speakers will also offer positive alternatives and suggestions on how we can get involved and make a difference. The entire event will end at 3:00 p.m. A Pre March and Rally Info meeting will be held on Tuesday April 29th from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Pontiac Branch Library.
Then, on Sunday May 4th the NAACP will kick off its Annual 2014 Sunday’s in the Park. This event will take place every Sunday during the entire month of May in Memorial Park, from 9 a.m. until 9p.m. The purpose of this event is to remember what was to better what is “Ole School Sunday’s in the Park” There will be various festivities, and activities that will focus on embracing family and community while promoting health, education, civil rights, peace, and unity within our city. This year’s theme is “Praise in the Park,” and anyone who would like to participate in this event is asked to contact Evangelist Dorothy Nichols at 260-459-2162 or Mr. John Ellis at: 260-205-9319
In the Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers talk about the inherent and inalienable rights, specifically the preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet, there are families who are left to deal with the pain of losing a loved simply because of senseless crime and gun violence. Now is the time for us to take a stand against these horrific incidents. Everyone is invited to attend all three of these city-wide events to stand for justice and stop senseless crime and gun violence while assisting in the promotion of family, community, peace, and unity within our city! Special Guest for all three events includes Indiana Kid Governor Ta'riq, who is the grandson to the Cassell and the late Virginia Blackburn.