MIAMI — An Overtown-based ministry and a local foundation are hosting a rally and march through the community to call attention to ongoing violence.
Grace in the Park Ministries and the Starks Charitable Foundation will host the first 1,000 Man March-Stop The Violence rally on Saturday. The day will kick off with a motivational rally from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the Overtown Peace-Walk. Participants will start at Gibson Park, 401 NW 12th St. and continue throughout Overtown.
“We want to provide a day full of positive choices to the Overtown community,” said Grace In The Park Executive Director Dwayne Bennett Sr. “Bringing positive choices will leave no room for those in the community to resort to violence.”
Grace in the Park Ministries Inc. is a non-denominational outreach ministry that caters to the needs of all people. Bennett, an Overtown native, saw a need for the ministry in the community in summer of 2014. Born into the life of crime, he is able to relate to those in the community because he was one of them.
In addition to the march, Grace In The Park will also host a job fair inside the Gibson Park grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Confirmed organizations include; D. A. Dorsey Technical College, Bridge for Hope Inc., Career Source South Florida Unit, Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, and Transitions Inc.
The Miami- Dade State Attorney’s office will also have staff on site to help with the process of record expungements.
Although the march is geared toward the community’s men, women and children are also encouraged to take part in the stand against violence. The event is free to the public.