Written by Jesse Muhammad
Several dozen city officials, community leaders, music artists and educators turned out for a press conference on January 17 at Houston City Hall to show support for the re-launching of the Stop The Violence Movement Tour that was founded by hip hop pioneer KRS-One back in the 1980's.
According to Hakim Green, Executive Director of the Stop the Violence Movement, the lecture series is a cross between education and entertainment to formulate what they called edutainment. They are exploring the roots of violence in major cities and promoting the development of positive conflict resolution methods.
Others in attendance included the hip hop artist Bun-B;Houston Crime Coalition;North Houston Frontiers Club, Charles Russell (Principal of North Forest HS); Nation of Islam Student Minister Robert Muhammad; City Controller Annise Parker; Council Member Peter Brown; Shanae Speller (Community youth Voice); and Constable May Walker. Proclamations were presented from the offices of Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Council Member Ron Green and Senator Rodney Ellis.
On January 23, there will be a Stop the Violence Rally in the afternoon at North Forest HS and a concert that evening at The Meridian. Both events will be highlighted by the words and performance of KRS-One.
(For more information visit www.krsonetours.com or www.stvsite.org)