Omega Psi Phi leads Walk for Peace

admin | 11/9/2011, 11:48 a.m.

Fraternity commits to reducing violence in Black community

As Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrates 100 years of excellence and community service, members of North Dades Sigma Alpha Chapter, are preparing for a series of events that will include a Walk for Peace on Thursday, November 10th. Those who wish to walk are asked to gather at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of NW 14th Avenue and 62nd Street. We chose Liberty City because of the high number of untimely deaths of innocent people and the violence that has plagued our community, said event planner and fraternity member Larry Handfield. Random acts of violence can happen no matter where you live so we all come together so that we can raise awareness, especially for those who live outside of the boundaries of the Liberty City community. This is an opportunity for folks to stand in solidarity, not as politicians or preachers but as regular people people who are concerned about the plight we face as violence escalates in Miamis inner city. The walk will travel north at 6 p.m. along 14th Avenue and 62nd Street to 71st Street, then east to the steps of Northwestern Senior High School where the Rev. Carl Johnson, 93rd Street Missionary Baptist Church, and other ministers and leaders will lead the community in a prayer service and vigil. The event will conclude with an invitation for participants to sign a covenant for peace. We hope that everyone will see the importance of taking a stand to stop violence and to take back our streets, Handfield added. Its time that we begin to cooperate with the police to help them bring in any individuals who are destroying our community through violence. The police cannot do it alone they need our help. For more information about the walk or other events sponsored by Omega Psi Phi, contact Handfield at 305-576-1011. By D. Kevin McNeir kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com