Only hours after the city’s latest homicide, hundreds took to the streets of north Omaha Saturday for a planned march. Participants said it was all about taking the first step towards promoting peace in the area.
With their voices and their feet, community members and leaders marched from 16th and Lake to 42nd and Ames with a goal of taking back their streets from violence.
Many have witnessed violence in the neighborhood firsthand. “I think everyone out here that's marching right now, it has hit home, it has touched their heart in some type of way,” said Angel Young.
They said they are ready for a change and Thrive Center Omaha wants to help. The first step was planning the march. Next is to continue the movement. “It is impossible to do anything that will affect change by sitting and talking about it,” said Jay Shannon with the Thrive Center.
Shannon and David Brown have big plans with their ministry. "We want to start with early childhood education, youth development and leadership classes, job training as well as job placement,” said Brown. “We basically want an individual to be able to thrive in every aspect of their life."
Those plans are what the marchers said they also want. “I hope as a community we can stand as one against the violence, build our kids up because they are our future leaders,” said Keke Brown. “Show them that as adults we can support our teenagers and kids and just make a positive change for our community."
As they marched the group continued to grow in size, exactly what the Thrive Center is hoping for, that this movement for peace will catch on. Click here to learn more about Thrive Center Omaha.