Black Men’s Solidarity event draws hundreds to Freedom Corner

The Black men’s solidarity event brought hundreds of local Black men together at Freedom Corner. (Photos By J.L. Martello)

Anwan “Wan Wes” Wesley.
Ed Gainey.
Derrick Tillman.
Aerion Abney.
Alphonso “Fonz” Sloan.
Terrell Thomas.
Austin Davis.
B. Marshall, organizer of the event.

Just some of Pittsburgh’s Black men who came together in a sign of solidarity against violence, addressing the crowd of hundreds on June 7 at Freedom Corner in the Hill District.

B. Marshall, founder of Stop The Violence Pittsburgh.

But in each of the speakers’ own way, one message was clear—self-inflicted violence in the African American community must stop, and violence inflicted on African Americans by police officers must stop.
Enough is enough.

“We want to live in peace, not rest in peace,” Abney said.

Among the local African Americans who were killed at the hands of area police officers remembered were Johnny Gammage, Jerry Jackson, Romir Talley, Bruce Kelly, Mark Daniels and Antwon Rose II.
Fathers were encouraged to bring their sons or a boy that they’re mentoring to the event.

The event was led by the organization Stop The Violence Pittsburgh.

ANWAN WESLEY speaks at the June 7 event.



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