Monday's march for peace and love in Steubenville may have covered a relatively small amount of ground in the LaBelle neighborhood, but it sent a powerful message through our community.
Participants in the march, which traveled from the Tower of Power Church on Maryland Avenue to Pizza Pie Park and then on Pittsburgh Street back to the church, wanted to show that they are willing to take a stand against a recent string of violent acts in the city.
Organizers of the event said the more than 120 people who turned out to march showed they were willing to take a stand up and make a difference, and take the problems of drug use and violence head on. They served as a reminder that there are many good people in our community, people who believe in the simple concepts of peace and love.
That message came through loud and clear, thanks to the efforts of Dawud Abdullah, president of the Brothers and Sisters Intelligensia Crew; the Rev. Everett Mitchell, pastor of the Tower of Power Church; and the Rev. JoElla Williams, pastor of the Bethel A.M.E. Church. The trio worked to put the march together to help show the young people of our area that there is life beyond the chaos and turmoil they might currently be facing.
Even more important, the organizers say Monday's work will continue - a second march is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. next Monday at Mount Zion Baptist Church on North Seventh Street.
In addition, a Kids Fest will be held from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on April 21 at Weirton's Millsop Community Center. The free event will feature swimming, movies, fellowship and a rap seminar on violence, according to Michael Jett of Steubenville.
Everyone involved in Monday's march, and all who are planning future events, deserve to be commended for their efforts.
Their work sends a message of hope through our community.