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Press Conference To Protest Gun Violence.

Posted by Elwin Green on July 12, 2016 at 6:35 AM

From the just-passing-along-a-press-release department...this event is happening TODAY:

The Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK) Community Mural Project will host a press conference at 11 a.m. to address the rampant gun violence that has plagued the city and the nation. More than 100 students will participate.


On July 4, gun violence hit the MLK project hard. A 14-year-old boy would be gunned down in a neighboring Pittsburgh borough. That slain teenager’s brother is a painter with the MLK mural project.


In response to senseless gun violence, MLK launched "Paint All Over Pittsburgh," which will culminate with 10 murals painted throughout the city. The site of the press conference is a mural which will eventually depict a more vibrant Homewood.


At the press conference, more than 100 students will assemble in solidarity to protest senseless gun violence. The students will stand in front of a wall that will eventually become a mural depicting a more vibrant and lively Homewood. The Rev. Glenn G. Grayson, whose son Jeron Grayson was a victim of gun violence, will talk and deliver a prayer at the press conference.


"Our organization provides a safe outlet for the youth to leave their mark," MLK Executive Artist Kyle Holbrook said. Holbrook himself has lost 40 friends to gun violence and hopes MLK stops the devastating trend of gun violence. Since its inception, MLK has used an orange undercoat for all of its murals. Orange is the color that represents gun violence awareness.


Coincidentally, Paris Wellons, the artist supervisor at the Homewood site lost his brother to gun violence as a student working at the project. He is providing comfort to the youth artist who also lost his brother. The press conference will be held on the one-month anniversary of the deadly Orlando shootings at a night club. It is also days after the Dallas incident where several police officers were killed and incidents in Minnesota and Louisiana where unarmed men were killed by police.

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