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ANNUAL AWARE SHELTER MARCH VERY MOVING
ArticleID: 139
Date: 5/1/2002
Written By: Captain Jackson

ANNUAL AWARE SHELTER MARCH VERY MOVING
By Captain Jackson

Even though the mood is always somewhat somber, the weather was just right for the AWARE Shelter`s 5th annual TAKE BACK THE NIGHT march. Over sixty people attended, many of whom were domestic violence victim surviver`s themselves.

AWARE Shelter employee Teresa Mahaffey was responsible for the success of the march which began at the shelter at 5:30pm April 26, and traveled down Michigan Avenue to The Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall. Once there, marchers had the opportunity to listen to and meet past domestic violence victims, including Detroit area poet Kalamah Johnson.

Unlike years past, this year`s presentation at the JSO Hall lasted less than an hour. Included in the audience were Jackson County Prosecutor John McBain, Victim`s Right`s head Ruth Stressman, Jackson volunteer and contributor Robert L. Johnson, AWARE Head Shirley Pascal and her husband Walt, yours truly and The QUEEN of HEARTS.

The speeches are always moving. This was my third year of attendance, and The QUEEN of HEARTS` second. Like many people, neither of us could remain in the building for the entire presentation. For some people, hearing of an individual`s personal tragedy just brought back too many negative memories of their own.

On a personal note, I just wish to add that it was my honor to be able to help Teresa and The AWARE Shelter promote this event. For The QUEEN of HEARTS the experience was somewhat different. She was welcomed not only as Jackson`s Icon against Domestic Violence, but as a fellow past survivor as well.

Copyright 2002, CFC


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