Durham community plans ‘clap back rally’ to help curb violence

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN)  — Some community members in the Bull City have joined forces to hold a “clap back rally” that they hope will send a message about the need to end violence in Durham.

The group is planning to start the march on Saturday at 9 a.m. at four different locations downtown and it will end at the main plaza near Corcoran and Parish streets.

On Friday night, people who live in the Edgemont Elms community in east Durham came together to make posters in preparation for Saturday’s march.

Eleven-year-old Queen Poole volunteered to make posters that call for an end to violence in her community.

In 2019, there were 189 people shot and 32 died in Durham, according to police statistics.

“Adults are saying it, and it’s not really getting any attention,” Poole said. “But once they realize kids take this stuff seriously as well, they’ll think ‘hey, if a kid sees this, it’s even more sad’.”

Poole said she hears gunfire often and sometimes she has to duck down in her room.

“It’s just sad to see peoples’ lives being taken from them within a second,” Poole said.

Charlitta Burruss is one of the organizers of the event.

“Something needs to be done,” Burruss said. “I’m tired of seeing mothers going to the funeral homes and burying their children.”

Burruss said whether the city needs better policing, to fix the mental health crisis, or to keep young people off the streets, she said the whole purpose of Saturday’s rally is to get the conversation started.

“There’s not anyone to blame, but we need to figure out what needs to be done,” Burruss said.

The four locations where the groups will start marching from at 9 a.m. on Saturday include Pettigrew Street and Blackwell Street, Hunt Street and Foster Street, East Main Street and Elizabeth Street, and West Main and Morgan Street.

The groups will end the march at the main plaza downtown near Corcoran and Parrish streets at 10 a.m. The rally will continue at the main plaza downtown until noon.

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