With drummers drumming, dancers dancing, cheerleaders stepping and signs waving, residents from across the city took to the streets of the North Side for the 9th Annual Women’s Walk for Peace.
Ronell Guy, whose Northside Coalition for Fair Housing has sponsored the walk for all of its nine years, welcomed everyone and reminded them why they were there.
“We’re here to celebrate the lives of all those we lost in the past year to street and domestic violence,” she said.
“We are marching against all forms of violence; domestic violence, Black-on-Black-violence, police violence—we just want peace. And we’re going to start right here where we stand on the north side and spread it throughout the city of Pittsburgh.”
And following a prayer from new evangelistic minister Dorothy Stubbs, the crowd of more than 300 started their nearly two-mile trek from the Pittsburgh Project on North Charles Street to West Park.
Thirteen-year-old Ruby Honaker from the North Side said she is marching because it can help our communities stop the violence.