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Harlem to rally against gun violence on anniversary of March on Washington

Kori Tuitt | 8/12/2013, 12:37 p.m.

The “Anti-Gun Violence” walk for peace on Aug. 24 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and promote safety in the community.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Park on West 135th St. and St. Nicholas Avenue, but participants are encouraged to gather at 9:30 a.m.

Those willing to wake up a little earlier can join the 5K Run Against Gun Violence at 8:30 a.m. the same day. The run will be hosted by Fitness Health Freaks and Y.U.N.G. Harlem, an organization founded after several teen shootings in 2008 and which helps the youth of Harlem get involved in positive leadership opportunities.

Y.U.N.G. Harlem has a goal of raising $10,000 for a program called Y.U.N.G Harlem University. The 12-week program will introduce youth to several courses to prepare them for the future, including effectively using social media and resume building.

Co-founder of Y.U.N.G. Harlem, Alize Beal, said she wants to encourage young people to get involved in the event. She said she wants them to remove their glass ceiling and understand that they, too, can be successful.

“We do a lot of talk and complaining about the issue, but we need to be the solution,” Beal said. “Each mile, think of it as another life that you’re saving.”

Those interested in either of the events, can register at www.nyrr.com until Aug. 20. Donations to the Run Against Gun Violence can be made until Aug. 15. For more information about the 5K Run, email Beal at ABeal@TheNewYH.org or Bender at TBender@TheNewYH.org.