Stop the Violence Community March set for Saturday

By Ray King

The City of Pine Bluff recorded its 16th homicide early Friday morning and with more than five months remaining in the year, is on pace to top the 27 homicides recorded in 2020.

A local group however is trying to do something about the problem. Called the Soul Searchers, they are planning a Stop the Violence Community March Saturday, July 31 from noon to 5 p.m. at Central Park at 23rd and Hickory Street.

James Hill, the president of the group told Deltaplex what he hopes the program will accomplish.

According to a program for the event, there will be guest speakers, food and drink, and bouncy houses.

Drue Griffin, the founder, and CEO of the Soul Searchers, who has been shot 14 times over the past 20 years and is in a wheelchair talked about dealing with the violence on the streets.

Deltaplex News asked Hill what he wanted people to take away from the march and program.