Time to end violence in Selma

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A peace march was held in Selma Monday to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The march, titled “Peace in the Streets,” was dedicated to 19-year-old Andrae Norwood. Norwood was found dead on the corner of Minter Avenue and Martin Luther King Street on Jan. 2.

Family members said Norwood was in the “wrong place … wrong time.”

Norwood’s death is not the first act of violence to affect our community. Unfortunately, it just happened to be the first homicide of the year.

There are still victims of other violent crimes, including shootings and rapes, who are recovering.

There are other families who are still grieving the death of a loved one.

Cliff Albright, coordinator of the Malcolm X Crossroads Movement, informed marchers of a new community program aimed to end street violence.

The Brother to Brother program is a “special place for brothers to come together to solve problems” in an effort to bring peace to their neighborhoods.

Meetings will be held each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Amosa International Cuisine on Franklin Street and Alabama Avenue.

As one of the participants in Monday’s peace march said, it’s not enough to talk about violence. It’s time to do something about it.

There are programs that other communities have adopted, and it’s time our police department, mayor and city council actively pursued ways to reduce the violent crime in the city – before, not after, someone else is killed.