Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton joined Gadsden Job Corps Job Corps Center students and staff to participate in a Youth 2 Youth Peace March on Sept. 21. He later read a city proclamation to declare the day “Youth 2 Youth Partners 4 Peace Day “and presented it to Juvenel Levros, Center Director.
The march and rally coincided with the International Day of Peace, which was recognized around the world on Sept. 21. The Cheerleaders of Gadsden City High School lea the march and cheered at the front of the parade, while students and staff walked the 1.5 miles to the Carver Community Center. The Gadsden Police Department also provided an escort.
The preschool children of Gadsden Headstart joined the Center students at the Carver Community Center for the Y2Y rally and activities. Dr. Gertie Lowe, the Center’s Community Relations Council President, opened up the rally, with Rev. Gary Hodges from the Trinity Broadcasting Network, saying the prayer.
Mr. Levros emphasized the theme for the week, “One Week, One Message, One Goal.” “The goal is unity,” he said.
He gave a history of Y2Y and urged everyone to stand against violence in Gadsden and the world. He said that people could do this “through a four letter word: LOVE.”
The Center wishes to thank all of the community partners who participated in this event.