On Monday afternoon, members of 300 Men March completed their day-long trek from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of gun violence in their community and to continue outreach to youth. The 35-mile journey on foot ended at the White House.
The organization has been working to uplift the forgotten parts of Baltimore long before the cameras rolled in and the country turned its attention to the Charm City following the killing of Freddie Gray by police officers.
"We need men specifically to get off the couch, to get involved in these young peoples' lives in the community and really take it as a personal thing," Munir Bahar told WUSA9. "Take ownership of the violence. Take responsibility for your own community and step into these young folks' lives, be the intervention that is needed to really guide them away from making these life altering decisions."
300 Men March was founded in 2013 and has been part of many from around the way who have volunteered to help calm the neighborhoods affected by riots that left some buildings and cars damaged. Members have spoken to students in area public schools this past week to give context to the current events, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The group was founded to create a support network for the youth of Baltimore after the city saw one of its most violent summers. Other organizations in Baltimore include One More, One Less Mentoring and Mentoring Male Change in the Hood.
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