Anti-violence rally hopes to bring community together

Anti-violence rally hopes to bring community together
Organizers of the Stop the Violence, Start the Peace rally hope to unite the downtown community on Saturday. (Source: Support the Port)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Organizers of the Stop the Violence, Start the Peace rally hope to unite the downtown community on Saturday.

The third annual event at Portia Hines Park will feature food, music and games and give those in the community a chance to talk about the violence that used to plague the community.

"All of these things are here for you, and all of these things you can go out and do," said Cedric Harrison, the organizer of the rally. "All of these things you can go and live and enjoy. It doesn't have to be just the regular things that you are hearing or used to seeing on your own four corners. We are bringing a lot of things that aren't usually at this park to inspire kids to open up their mind."

The Support the Port organization started the rally to peacefully bring back a block party type event that used to happen annually in the park until violence shut it down.

Harrison hopes people from all over Wilmington will come out and think about the people of downtown instead of just the Azalea Festival.

"A lot of people forget about during Azalea Festival weekend, with all the people coming out and all the big money being brought out, about the people in the immediate community," he said. "People who need that support and who would like to connect with them the most."

The rally starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information click here.

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