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    Essence Celebrates Lives Lost Due To Gun Violence

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    This past weekend, Essence decided to honor those killed at the hand of gun violence. The program, called Mother’s Prayer Vigil: Love, Loss and Life, served as a praise to mother’s whose children past away due to gun violence in New Orleans. Mayor Landrieu opened the ceremony by saying, “It’s an uncomfortable issue…no parent should have to bury their child.” He also stated that, “the lives of young African-American men are important. They are important to the country and we as a nation have to speak that loudly and clearly.” As the gospel choir sang, the mother’s were encouraged to post a picture of their child on the wall of remembrance.
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