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Stop the Violence Day a success!

By Durce Muhammad | Last updated: Dec 4, 2013 - 4:13:17 PM

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Activists and community organizers including Deric Muhammad (third from left) recently held a Stop the Violence event in Houston.

Project Forward, a group of men collectively helping to eradicate some of the social ills in the community, successfully held a Stop the Violence Day rally in the historic Cuney homes on Oct. 27 in Houston. Community activist Deric Muhammad organized the event as a kick off to many initiatives that will help, in moving young Black men in particular and society in general, toward a positive direction. 

The rally was the culmination of Stop the Violence messages that was given across the city in churches, mosques and temples.

Arthur, “Silky Slim” Reed, an activist and gang specialist delivered a critical message on community involvement in addressing violence.
Ministers and preachers agreed to deliver a message to their congregation about the importance of stopping the violence in neighborhoods. Participation crossed social, religious, economic and ideological lines to make the day a success.

Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed, a nationally recognized expert on gang and violence prevention, gave the keynote address at the event. He delivered a powerful message on stopping the violence and outlined several key points.  Mr. Reed shared with the attentive crowd how those in the community must start to re-educate themselves to do something that benefits not only themselves, but their families and community. Other speakers at the rally included, Southwest Regional Minister, Robert Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, Deloyd Parker of the SHAPE Community center, Reginald Gordon of OG-1, Ms. Dazie Williams of Life over Fashion, spoken word artist Marvin Hodge and Pastor Willie Davis of Progressive Baptist Church.

Deric Muhammad said the concept and message of violence prevention will be taken all over the city of Houston. He added it is an ongoing campaign that will continue to be pushed for as long as it takes to get the job done! Mr. Muhammad said he welcomed all help and suggestions that can move the community and people forward.

(For more information on Project Forward and upcoming events please visit

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