LANCASTER – The organizer of last year’s local “Hoodie March for Solidarity Against Stereotypes in Remembrance of Trayvon Martin” will be holding a “Community Prayer and Call to Action” at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 20th, at the Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse, located at 42011 4th Street West in Lancaster.
The gathering is being held to bring Antelope Valley residents together “in peaceful harmony as our nation’s spirit is tested,” according to organizer Veronica Fields.
“There are many people upset with the Zimmerman verdict, I understand that, but the key is to take that energy and passion people are feeling and ensure our community is not divided during this trying time,” Fields said.
Saturday’s event will open and end with a prayer led by Lancaster Mayor Emeritus Henry Hearns, and religious and civil leaders will address the crowd during the event, Fields said. Youth will also be encouraged to address the gathering.
“We encourage the youth to speak to the crowd so we may understand how these issues weigh on them,” Fields said. “Signs are encouraged as they are a form of expression for some, so long as the writing and/or drawings on them are civil.”
During the Community Prayer and Call to Action, there will be sign-up sheets for a Youth Ambassador Program, a grassroots initiative created to channel youth energy into tackling issues like lowering crime, improving education, increasing volunteerism, helping senior citizens and other initiatives, according to Fields.
“This is an issue that even the youth are passionate about,” Fields said. “While I have their attention, I intend on calling upon community leaders and elected officials to help harness that passion and teach them how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. effectively and peacefully changed laws in this country.”
For more information on Saturday’s Community Prayer and Call to Action, visit the event’s facebook page here.
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