Effort aims to ‘heal our land’

Published 11:16 pm Saturday, January 4, 2014

The public is less than a week away from gaining access to signs that could possibly help reduce the rate of violent crime in the Selma area.

“No More” signs for the city-wide antiviolence campaign will be available to the community Thursday at Selma City Hall. The dark blue and white signs, which have the words “No More” and “2 Chronicles 7:14” written on it, are  part of the Selma Mayor George Evans’ initiative to organize an antiviolence movement after a year of 12 murders in Selma, including the death of 18-year-old Selma High School student Alexis Hunter.

“It’s going well,” Evans said. “The city council members are on board with it, and we’ve gotten the signs approved.”

Evans said he has ordered 500 signs, which each cost $1.85 without tax.

He said he plans to purchase the signs using money from his personal and discretionary funds. He mentioned possibly using some of the remaining money from his election, since the cause is for the greater good of the community.

Evans said the first 500 signs will be free, but he expects the public to order and purchase additional signs once the 500 are gone.

“I don’t have enough money to supply the whole city with signs to go in every yard, but I would hope every church and every business would be responsible for purchasing one,” Evans said. “My goal is to get the word out.”

He said he is willing to order the signs through the city for those who request it, but he expects them to supply the money.

When determining the design for the signs, Evans said he was sure not to confuse people about the intent of the signs.

“I thought about other colors red, black, but sometimes people tends to find them to be gang-like colors,” Evans said. “I didn’t want to get into that so, I just found a color that’s neutral and eye-catching as well.”

The King James version of the Bible scripture to be included at the bottom of the “No More” signs reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Evans said the Bible verse helps make his message about the violence in Selma clear.

“The message is heal our land,” he said.