The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association will sponsor a “Stop the Violence” rally in Atlanta on Sunday Oct. 27.
The group, in partnership with the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association, will lead a procession of hearses and limousines in “Funeral Directors Against Violence Rally & Ride for Peace.”
Many Georgia funeral homes will participate in conjunction with over 200 motorcycles from various groups to form a motorcade that will depart Greater Springfield Baptist Church, 721 Jones Avenue, NW at 2:00PM in route to the Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel, where the rally for peace will begin at 3:00 PM, said Edward T. Robinson Carroll, spokesman for the group.
“This will take us through some of the high crime areas of Metro Atlanta,” he said. “The purpose of the rally is to show that although funeral homes are in the business of death, we do not want to continue getting violent deaths, especially our youth.”
Jamye D. Jeter Cameron, general president of the NFDMA, said the rally will include families of people who died due to violence as speakers and observers. A press conference is planned for 1:45pm with Dr. Carol Williams, executive director and Hall Davis, chairman of the Board of Directors in front of Greater Springfield Baptist Church on 721 Jones Ave NW.
“Prominent Atlanta trial attorney Mel Davis of the Davis|Bozeman Law Firm. Attorney Davis has a profound story that we hope will strike the core of those in attendance to take a stand against the senseless violence and killings that are happening in our nation today,” Cameran said. Other speakers to include, Marie A. W. Gooslby, CFSP, president of the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association.
“The sight of a motorcade of 150 funeral hearses and 300 motorcycles driving through the community may make some people uncomfortable, but what should make them more uncomfortable is the continual gun violence that has become so prevalent throughout our communities. This issue has to be addressed,” said Gloria Driver, Board Member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc.
The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc. (NFD&MA, Inc.) has represented funeral directors and embalmers primarily of African American descent for over 89 years. It has members throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Canada and Africa.
(Photo: A similar rally was held by funeral directors in Chicago.)