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Grassroots activist holds day of healing

By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter

About 30 persons of Pinks Alley, also known as the Majestic Alley, gathered to hold a day of healing activities, including sports, speeches, and amid a light drizzle, a candle-light vigil around their block on Saturday evening.

According to Perry Smith, organizer of the event, the murders of four men inside the house on George Street in early 2013 prompted him to begin a crusade of unity in communities troubled by violence.

The Reporter was present for the occasion and asked Smith what this type of event does for a community shattered by gun warfare. “It brings about a sense of camaraderie” he said, “among people either torn by crime or families on opposing sides of disputes.

In attendance at the “Majestic Alley” crusade were relatives of George “Junie Balls” McKenzie, a former gang leader who was gunned down on the area a few years ago, after he had reformed his life. His family members and friends led the candle-light vigil bearing a picture of him.

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