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Community fights youth violence

The recent rash in youth violence has parents and the community taking notice of the growing problem. This Saturday one group found the answer in our youth.

Charles Brazil says you can't get where you want to be without knowing where you came from.

"It's not only education and awareness, it's about understanding where we've come from to where we're trying to get to how far we still have to go," said Brazil.

The Atlanta native took his daughters to the Hands on Memphis MLK Summit on Service Saturday. He says when Doctor King was put in jail, he was fighting for injustice.

"Today there is no value on life and I think we need to get back to where we value life," Brazil noted.

The summit is designed to bring families together through activity, from reading to spoken word.

"You can't start too early with the young ones to let that message really get inculcated into them and let 'em understand how they can be a part of change," said Ken Hall, Executive Director of Hands on Memphis.

Hands on America held simultaneous events in 15 cities across America.

They say it's part of their goal to transform people and communities.

"Lot of issues around violence that need to be addressed and when the family can come together and talk it through, it really takes hold," said Hall.

With that, Brazil has a fatherhood challenge for the community.

"That is a responsibility that I and a lot of my friends that we don't take lightly and I will challenge my fellow brothers to step up to active in their lives," challenged Brazil.

Meanwhile, his daughter says she plans to share what she learned with her pals.

Hands on Memphis says this effort does not end here. They say the King holiday is a starting point to make positive change throughout the rest of the year.

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