Aug 17, 2006
The annual No Crime Day family festival, which has been held for years in Washington Park by the organization Black on Black Love, will move to Englewood this year with a tribute to families that have endured crime.
Community leaders – including Ceasefire and CAPS organizers – will address a community response to violence, while entertainers ranging from the Chi-Lites to local rappers with positive messages perform at Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine, on Saturday, August 19 from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Families that have lost members to crime will be honored during the gospel segment of the program, from noon to 2 p.m., and a giant quilt with pictures of murdered Chicagoans along with their names and dates will be displayed.
“The Englewood community is not just a area surrounded by an endless cycle of violence,” said Frances Wright, executive director of Black on Black Love. “There are many wonderful families, leaders and young people who care a lot about what happens….
“We cannot give up or use [poverty] as an excuse to tolerate crime and violence – and we cannot wait for anyone to save us,” Wright said. “We must harness the resources of everyone in Chicago’s African American community to rebuild our own neighborhoods when tragedy strikes.”