Wilmington residents celebrated Bob Marley’s musical message of “One Love” during a peace rally on Saturday, Jessica Masulli Reyes reports for Delaware’s News Journal.
More than two dozen people gathered around a fire pit at the corner of W. 24th and Tatnall Streets to share art, music and hope for peace in the city.
The rally was the second of four events for We Have Empowerment Now (WHEN). Kevin Melloy, a community activist from the Cool Springs neighborhood, came up with the idea to draw the city’s neighborhoods together after six people were shot one weekend in the Hilltop section of Wilmington last month.
“I said ‘I can’t just stand by,'” Melloy said. “There are so many good things happening, but there is this undercurrent of crime and despair.”
The first rally in response to the Hilltop shootings drew a large crowd, which included Attorney General Matt Denn.
Saturday’s rally was not born out of violence, but instead was an opportunity to bring attention to One Love Park, Melloy said.
The playground and basketball courts were named after the reggae legend’s famous song. Marley lived on Tatnall Street in the mid-1960s and a house across from the park honors him with a mural and red, yellow and green paint.
At Saturday’s rally, Eunice LaFate, an artist and retired educator, spoke about the need to engage youth in art and music. Wilmington Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha, who also attended, agreed.
“This is truly what we need, to infuse the arts,” he said. “That is how we can all grow and develop.”
The next two rallies will be held in Eden Park and Trolley Square. No dates have been scheduled yet.
For the original report go to http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/02/14/wilmington-rally-spreads-bob-marleys-message-love/23430905/