That’s the message organizers of Anniston’s annual Stop the Violence Family Awareness Day hope to spread Saturday.
Frazier Burroughs, director of the Carver Community Center, said the purpose of the event is to let the community know there are alternatives to using violence. Byron Jackson, youth minister at Greater Thankful Baptist Church in Anniston, will speak.
Burroughs also hopes the 15th annual Awareness Day will let the community know that agencies exist to help victims of violence, and to help those who have used violence.
Reaching the youth is critical to stopping violence, Burroughs explained, so mentors at the event will talk to children about finding ways to avoid using violence.
To better reach those children, Burroughs said, two gospel-rap artists will perform Saturday. The event is sponsored by the city of Anniston, the Anniston Housing Authority and the Calhoun County Commission.
“We know that one day is not going to be the answer,” Burroughs said. “But this event drives us to continue on.”
The Awareness Day will take place at the Carver Community Center at 720 W. 14th St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.