Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A press conference about the upcoming “Stop the Violence” rally and parade is scheduled for Wed., April 10 at 7:30 p.m., at which organizer Louis Smith of the Robynwyn Palmetto Civic Association will expound on its goals, including a petition drive.
Smith is collecting signatures by petition to ban the sale of assault weapons in the Town of Summerville.
The upcoming rally, which had been cancelled at an earlier date due to inclement weather, has gathered more sponsors and participants, and will now include a small parade in the community immediately prior to the event.
There will also be a 'Stop the Violence' rally in North Summerville this Sunday. The Living Word Ministry Choir is scheduled to perform.
Sponsors of the event include the Lowcountry Black Historical Society Rock of Faith Baptist Church, Living Word Ministry Apostolic, and local businesses in the community, as well as relatives of the late John Elliot Hancock.
Last October, Hancock was slain in front of his North Summerville home, which inspired the first “Stop the Violence” vigil later that month.
A small parade will precede the rally and lead to its location of Wassamassaw Community Park. Parade line-up starts at 2 p.m. at 1010 W 5th N (Hwy 78) in Summerville, and will include the Tri-County Bikers and the Dark Riders Motorcycle Club.