MONROE, La. (KNOE) - For years the NAACP mission has been to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all people and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Rev. Ambrose Douzart, Jessie Smith and Dante Ferrand joined with Tyler Smith. Source: (KNOE)
The Ouachita Parish branch to the NAACP follows that mission daily, especially when it comes to men.
Rev. Ambrose Douzart, Jessie Smith and Dante Ferrand from the NAACP joined us Thursday morning to talk about their plans to equip 1,000 men to march in their Black History parade.
President Douzart says the purpose of the parade is to equip men to do better in 2020 by taking the pledge of non-violence.
By bringing awareness to crime and violence in the community, Smith believes the pledge will lead to better solutions for men to resolve conflict.
“It’s important to come together as a community and bring about their awareness and start to have these conversations about the violence in our community", Smith says. "Perhaps it might give some of the people who are face to making these bad choices an option."
Dante says it’s best to start by looking at older relatives or role models the youth look up to.
“Like big brothers," Smith said. "Start with the kids and train them up to be better men.”
Douzart says he hopes the parade will deter crime in Monroe and in other cities.
Parade kick-off is set for Saturday, February 29 at 9 a.m. at Washington and North 4th Street.
All men are asked to wear black and white.
Admission is free and open to the public.