Memphians enjoy Block Party for Peace

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Friday night, a Mid-South neighborhood came together in a rally for peace.

Kristy Clark and her family were ecstatic about the 2010 Block Party for Peace.

"We're just out here enjoying the view," she said. "There is a lot of stuff going on."

The block party is a three day event surrounded by concerts and other family entertainment, aimed at promoting peace and stopping the violence.

"We promote peace by letting everyone know that we can have an event, people can come out and get along with no violence," participant Brian Ware said.

There's even a career and health fair.

"We try to bring out the health fair so people can check on their health or things of that nature," Ware said. "The job fair, we know people are looking for a job as we're coming out of a recession at this time."

"Once we get the people out here, we want them to take advantage of all the free screenings, physicals for children, haircuts, church service that's happening over here," event organizer Antonio Parkinson said.

Parkinson said the block party provides opportunity for people in the community to improve their way of life.

"If we can improve people's quality of life, they're less likely to go out and create some kind of criminal activity," he said.

Each year the event draws thousands of people from across the Mid-South.  Event organizers say they are expecting between 20,000 and 25,000 people this year.

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