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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Victory over Violence walk this morning

Posted By on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 7:12 AM

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Our partners at KARK/Fox 16 are crusading against the rise in violence in Little Rock and have scheduled another Victory Walk at 8:30 a.m. this morning in MacArthur Park, with food and events for kids afterwards until 11 a.m. on the Arkansas Arts Center parking lot.

News director Austin Kellerman addressed in a blog post the other day those who think marches and meetings are ineffective.

I get the criticism that a walk won’t stop violence. I totally get it.

However, you’re looking at it wrong. It’s not about the walk.

The Victory Walk, as part of our Victory Over Violence campaign, is an opportunity to show our fellow citizens living in neighborhoods plagued by crime that they aren’t alone in their fight. There are people — in all parts of the city — who support them and are willing to dedicate their time to help find a solution.

If you go into these neighborhoods and talk to people, they’ll tell you no one cares about them. They feel alone. They feel isolated. At times, they feel desperate.

Following the last Victory Walk, I took the time to soak in what happened for the next two hours at Centennial Park. You saw strangers from different neighborhoods speaking and interacting over a common cause. You saw children from different life situations connecting through sports. I tossed a football with a boy who showed up to the event with a mask over his face. By the time we were done, he was wearing a smile. I watched my 6-year-old daughter grab the hand of a girl she didn’t know and dance with her as a crowd of people looked on laughing.

Bottom line: I saw people who probably didn’t feel too good about their family’s living situation experience the sensation of optimism about the future. I saw hope.

Up with hope.

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