Stop the Violence to boast different look

Published 3:10 pm Sunday, December 17, 2023

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The Safe Haven Center will have a different look to its annual Stop the Violence rally on Martin Luther King Holiday in January.

The march begins at noon on Jan. 15 on the steps of Brown Chapel AME and goes to Songs of Selma Park and across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Rev. Michael Bowen of the Safe Haven Center, who organizes the event, said that the Islamic and Jewish Communities will participate in the Jan. 15 event.  Bowen also addressed the Dallas County Commission on Monday, saying any donation will be accepted and appreciated. “The Islamic and Jewish committees are coming together,” Bowen said. “We will be wearing t-shirts with ‘Word of Peace’ written on them. This is something that has never been done before.”

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Kalim Muhammad, who works with Stop the Violence event, said people of all relgiious affiliations are welcome. “We want all faiths to be represented and not just Christians, Jews and Muslims,” Muhammad said. “You can feel free to wear your traditional clothing to represent your group. This is America- as you know and you can bring your flag to represent who you are and don’t have to say a word. Just know that others may have their flags and they should be respected as well.”

Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn called the Stop the Violence Rally an important event in Selma and Dallas County.

Bowen said that popular hip-hop rapper Lil’ Boosie plans to attend the rally., but did not indicate a performance.