‘Stop the Violence’ march this weekend

By: Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — With gun violence continuing to be an issue in the United States, one resident is making an effort to remind young people of the bigger picture: the pain that violence causes to the families involved.

“There’s too much gun violence going on, the younger generation is taking guns and destroying one another,” said Varneice Morrison, originally of Scotland County but now a resident of Dobbins Heights. “I decided to try to make an effort to show them that there’s people that love them and try to bring something positive because we’re losing too many young people.”

Morrison will hold the second Stop the Violence march on Saturday which will feature religious speakers, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. The march will begin at the Circle B on the corner of King Street and Earle Franklin Drive at 10 a.m. and end at the Dobbins Heights Community Center.

The march, Morrison said, is not connected to any specific event or area’s issues with violence, but something that she believe God told her to do.

“The ultimate vision is to show people to come together and show the youth that we care, that both sides hurt,” Morrison said. “Mothers are hurt the most out of it because they carried their child for nine months.”

Sponsors for the event are Griffin Nissan, Nelson Funeral Home, First Harvest Day Christian Center and First Baptist Church, according to Morrison. The speakers will be Elder Victor Roberson of St. Mary’s Church and Bishop Sam Davis. Entertainment will include music from the Vaughan Brothers, as well as poetry, praise dancers and mimes. The event is free and open to the public.

Gavin Stone

Staff Writer