DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – The corner of West Parrish Street in downtown Durham is the site of historic Black Wall Street.
On Monday, it was also the setting for a small gathering that was not a typical Kwanzaa celebration.
“This is the second day of Kwanzaa – Kujichagulia, which means self-determination. The reality is that a lot of these crying mothers are Black mothers. Many of these dying children are black children. So we have to come up with our own right to self-determination,” explained Minister Paul Scott.
Scott is the founder of the Black Messiah Movement in Durham.
Monday’s goal was for the team to have open conversations, pinpoint the exact problem, and provide answers to gun violence in the city.
“We definitely have to tie the village together. We have to bring the community back together. Like the elders said back in the day, a child belongs to the community,” Scott said.
Recent data from Durham police shows that both 2020 and 2021 are outpacing 2019 in the number of gunshot wounds. There are more than 40 homicides in 2021, as of December 17.
“In terms of resources, we need that. That’s what I feel like all black people are asking for. And ask,” said Sharahn Campbell.
Police say while only 37% of Durham’s population is Black, as of November, 89% of those shot this year belong to that population.
“For me, I have kids. So, what kind of parent would I be if I couldn’t speak for them? ‘ said Campbell.
Scott said the next step is to set up a seniors council, where older, older community members can also help.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/durham-county-news/durham-group-uses-kwanzaa-to-focus-on-stopping-violence-within-the-city/ The Durhams use Kwanzaa to focus on stopping violence in the city