BALLOON RELEASE FOR CHILD VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE & Father's Day March tomorrow, June 19
BALLOON RELEASE FOR CHILD VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE & Father's Day March tomorrow, June 19, 2016. Highland Park City Council President Pro Tem, Glenda McDonald; DPS Board President, Herman Davis; Minister Malik Shabazz; D. Alexander Bullock are among organizers. Free balloons for children. Speakers include attorney Isaac Robinson, educator Burgess Foster, and water activist Dennis Black.
"Detroit has one of the highest death rates in the nation for children under the age 18. It is time for the community to stand up and fight for our children," says Professor Charles Bell.
White balloons will be released in the names of the children who have been lost to violence, this year. Yellow balloons will be released to represent the dreams & hopes of young people. Blue balloons will be released for affordable clean water, fairness in education, and democracy. .
The Balloon release at Woodward/Owen (near Northern High School) at 5pm will culminate the Father's Day March which begins at 3pm in Highland Park at 16231 Woodward Avenue Power House Gym.
The event was the idea of Carl Baxter, a youth baseball coach, and former aide for Representative Thomas Stallworth. Baxter says he felt devastated about the death of Deontae Mitchell and other children in the same week. "Infant mortality, violence, poverty and lack of educational equity is claiming a whole generation of children whose lives have been placed on the back burner. There is no better time than Father's Day for citizens to dedicate ourselves to bring these issues to the forefront."