Group Holds Peace March In Homewood

By: Heather Abraham

HOMEWOOD (KDKA) – People gathered at Westinghouse High School to celebrate Good Friday with a peace march.

They hope to spread the message of Good Friday throughout the neighborhood.

Their silence was louder than words as they marched through the streets of Homewood. This Good Friday, a community is hoping for peace to take over their neighborhood.

“We want the community to recognize that there are hundreds of people continuously praying for them, whether they know it or not,” March For Peace Organizer Dina Blackwell said.

“As we gain hope, then we move, we’re more encouraged to move into transformation,” House of Manna Rev. Eugene Blackwell said.

Before they took their message to the streets, the group rallied at Westinghouse High School to spread the word of empowerment.

“You know who’s responsible? We are. Each and every one of us,” Rev. Blackwell said.

Organizers from the House of Manna brought Christian hip-hop and poetry to this year’s event.

Dina Blackwell said she made a promise to stand behind this community.

“It is the day of hope and a new-coming of life. And we know that Homewood, once it has hope again, then they can dream,” Dina Blackwell said.

Church leaders from the House of Manna will also be holding their first youth empowerment conference.

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  1. No Home In The Wood says:

    There will not be peace as long as the drug trade and its related violence are an easier way to earn a living without an education than legitimate work, The community as a whole is also to blame for harboring illegal activities.

  2. Thomas J Duttine says:

    Good luck with that!!

  3. Thomas J Duttine says:

    Instead of turning in the THUGS that are doing all the crime and violence let’s march up and down the street…..And instead of doing anything to solve the problems let’s have the black activist organizations try to coerce the media to not report black crime….Who knows,might work…

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  4. Jevon says:

    We wuz der for the piece march, I ain’t seen one goodt glock out der

  5. PEACE says:

    I FOR ONE AM GLAD TO HEAR PEACE MARCH RATHER THAN A MURDER OR SOME OTHER CRIME .
    GOD BLESS YOU PEACE MARCHERS YOU MAKE GOD PROUD.

  6. Robert says:

    I am so proud to see young people come together and TRY to do something. Our so called black leaders, all they want is more face time. We are now number 2 in homicide among young black men. That should scare everyone, but especially us as black people. Is is a joke to see the demise of Home-wood. We need to stop asking the HOW-WHEN-Where and how, and starting ask WHY are young men think is it is sexy or cool to commit self-genocide. To me this does not care about us as black people, they have divided us and made us fin for ourselves and what we need to do is come together. If we are not shooting or beating each other up, we are selling drugs to each other or the cops are abusing us. We is the fight we once had, are we becoming complacent in our everyday lives, are we just satisfied we have just enough or show we want more, not just for us, but our kids and grand-kids. Our kids, especially young black men are not embracing education, the Pittsburgh Promise is a joke, with young black men dying younger and not even graduating high school. We need to realize that all this talking is being wasted, we need everyone, minister, reverends, preachers, teachers, professors, bus drivers, concern parents to come together and fight for our kids..

  7. Freedom from you says:

    When Yousef Mohamad, Tub Sears, Chris Patterson and his mom were murdered by our people for no reason I knew that those belligerent animals did not want peace and did not want to learn or be civilized.
    When the black leaders turned a blind eye and let Baxter school get shut down and mysteriously reappear as CAPA high school and sat like slaves at Anthony Agers funeral not saying anything to mayor Caligouri it was time to leave the community for good. Bullies learn their behavior from their parents and the cycle continues today.
    When I saw the news broadcast it looked like an episode ot the Fat Albert Show from the 70’s, awful.

  8. Freedom from you says:

    Robert I hear you but the only way to have peace in our community is to vote the old black leaders out of office and start fresh.
    In my opinion the Eastrern stars, Ellks, Masons, Frogs and Shriners are the real gangs and a big secret part of keeping our community stagnant and asleep.

    1. Thomas J Duttine says:

      Here we go again blame The Elks/masons/shriners and anyone else except those who deserve the blame…….

    2. Robert says:

      He is how this is so funny, just this week the so called black leaders had a meeting in a building, while the young group marched the streets (where the crimes are being committed) in the rain to get heard. I am tired of hearing the lack of power in the black community, we as blacks have more churches then any other group, but guess what, even the men or women who run these churches come come together for a solution. That is the problem, we need to come together and realize that is the fault of us. I graduated Westinghouse in 1988, at the time violence was null, but with the group of gangsta imagines via: movies, music, clothing and even our vernacular violence rose. Do you all remember the violent year of 1993, shooting all over the End East, and we still are talking about it 18 years later. Talk is cheap, let’s fight for the right for our kids live.

    3. Robert says:

      Here is how this is so funny, just this week the so called black leaders had a meeting in a building, i never heard about this meeting, while this young group marched the streets (where the crimes are being committed) in the rain to get heard. I am tired of hearing the lack of power in the black community, we as blacks have more churches then any other group, but guess what, even the men or women who run these churches can’t come together for a solution. That is the problem, we need to come together and realize that is the fault of us. I graduated Westinghouse in 1988, at the time violence was null, but with the growth of gangsta imagines via: movies, music, clothing and even our vernacular violence rose. Do you all remember the violent year of 1993, shooting all over the End East, and we still are talking about it 18 years later. Talk is cheap, let’s fight for the right for our kids live. I am tired of these convolved messages that these BLACK LEADERS are giving us, i said it once and will said it again, they love to see their face on television. That is all they want, even at my age (42), they never called or email me back about anything, but if I was 19 playing ball at a PITT, all NCAA a NFL prospect, then i would get the call backs, but I am just like you, a concern black man, father and son.

  9. freedom from you says:

    Thomas J. Duttine your right the elderly leaders and preachers are to blame for withholding information and knowledge from the people to better themselves and the lives of their family. Social climbing maggots with no grace, just my opinion.

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