Organizer Terrance Roberts with the Prodigal Son Initiative says the Heal the Hood Peace March began within each gang's territory and led them to the meeting place on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard, which stands as the dividing line between the two gangs.
"The Holly Shopping Center has historically been the home of the Bloods gang; the Five Points [area] has been the home of the Crips gang. And we're going to meet on Colorado Boulevard to combat youth violence, to bring awareness that we are one community, that we're not separated by Colorado Boulevard," Roberts said.
Roberts says he created the march to try and bring the two rivals together in a neutral place, at the same time, with the intent that they might hang out and get to know one another.
"A couple of gangsters aren't going to tell me where I can and can't go. This is my community and I am not afraid of my people," Roberts said.
For more on the Prodigal Son Initiative, visit http://www.prodigalsoninc.org.
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