The Stop The Violence Movement marched in McComb, MS, last month. As the city’s crime and murder rate continues to rise, a group of citizens felt the city should unite and address the issue. Selectman Donovan Hill provided us with the following statement about the organization and the march.
The Stop The Violence Movement was conceived by the rapid number of killings in an area that we call home. The event was geared towards unifying the city as a whole. The day started with a parade with the
Chief of Police, officers, and firefighters walking with the citizens advocating unity and love for the City of McComb. The parade ended at Higgins. Organizers Mario Perkins, Anthony Butler, Kenya Campbell, Stephanie, Wil Weathers, Anissa Perkins, LaMeshia Morris, Terika Matthews, and Santanna Swington could not sit by and watch their community continue to be infested with negative situations. There is violence rising across this nation, and the tide is rising in McComb. So it is our duty as citizens to unify and put violence to rest.
The community greatly appreciates everyone that donated to make the event a great success. McComb Police and Fire Department were there in numbers to walk in the parade and fellowship with the community. We want to thank Chief Mckenize and Chief Adams for making this event a priority for their departments.
Violence is only the result of many issues a community faces. Some of our communities have been deprived of resource to maintain a safe and productive community. The Movement will focus on youth mentoring and employment skills to gear our people with the tools needed to be successful in our city. I firmly believe when a person is given the tools to survive, opportunity is limitless.
Look for more to come from the movement. See photos provided by Rick Wells Photography below.