Ouachita Parish NAACP joins fight against recent string of violence

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The NAACP is joining the fight against violence in Monroe after a recent string of violence and senseless murders.

The NAACP is joining the fight against violence in Monroe after a recent string of violence and senseless murders. (Source: KNOE)

On Thursday, members from the Monroe/Ouachita Parish Branch marched from the corner of S. 7th Street & Winnsboro Road to different parts of the neighborhood calling for people to put the guns down.

“When these senseless deaths occur it doesn’t just affect that individual, it affects the city, the growth of everyone, prosperity and future of everything that we the citizens try to bring about,” said local president Ambrose Douzart.

Dozark believes the first step to seeing change starts at home.

“The challenges are even greater compared to the time when I grew up, but if you look back over the past our parents also took a concentration or deeper role into our lifestyle,” said Douzart.

A second message echoed by local pastors, is getting back in the church.

“We have to go back to the church, we have to go back to God, and we have to have a fear for God in order to do what God called for us to do,” said Bishop David Lloyd, Sr.

They say the community must start somewhere, and these people will continue to fight.

“And I believe with all these minds that you see gathered here today, it has to be a workable solution,” said Douzart.

The local chapter will hold a community meeting October 18th at the Benoit Recreation Center to discuss more ways to help end unnecessary violence.

For more information, you can email at ambrose.douzart@yahoo.com.