LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Antonio Franklin Jr. Violence Intervention Project along with several community partners will host the first Peace Walk of 2021 from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at Duncan Park in Lexington.
“I hope to spread my motto ‘Strength in numbers,’ together with my mom’s powerful message of ‘Let’s get better and do it together.’ It will take a community set on change to see this through. I believe Lexington is the perfect place to start a nationwide trend,” said Ricardo Franklin, chair and emcee of the event.
He serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff, which is a co-sponsor of the event.
The event will feature a resource fair with over 30 community organizations represented, children’s activities, music, food, art, speakers and a one mile walk through the adjoining neighborhood.
Speakers include members of the faith community, representatives from We Are Survivors and local law enforcement partners.
Sheriff Kathy Witt urges all members of the community to participate.
“We have the ability to end gun violence in Lexington, but it will take all of us working together. Please join us as we commit to ending the violence as one united community,” Witt said.
The Peace Walks began in 2014 in honor of Antonio Franklin Jr., whose life was cut short by a random act of gun violence in Duncan Park.