Saturday, Aug. 15, during one of Harlem Week’s largest public events, “Summer in the City,” Harlem Week organizers and sponsors and electeds such as Assemblyman Keith Wright asked “all people of goodwill to bring yourself and your respect and love for all people to the rally that says “Our Lives Matter.”

The daughters of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X were honored and addressed a warm and appreciative crowd.Hundreds of people crowded the strip of West 135th Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the village of Harlem.

“Our Lives Matter” is a year-round initiative that began during Harlem Week 2015’s “Summer in the City” event last Saturday to address the seemingly never-ending violent loss of lives throughout America, with remarks from elected officials, community leaders and families affected by violence and many special performances, including from Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation Gospel for Teens Choir, NK5, the Last Poets, Impact Repertory Theatre Company, Brand Nubian and more.