Back in May I blogged about the 300 Men March. This past Friday evening in Baltimore the 300 Man March took to the streets for their 3rd annual march. Those who attended listened to community activists, Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and politicians including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake before they marched. More than 150 people including 12 children have been killed in Baltimore in 2015.
On a day when three men were shot — two seriously — the third annual 300 Men March drew at least that many people for a 10-mile round-trip hike down West North Avenue and back. Politicians and community activists addressed the crowd, many of them wearing black “300 Men March” T-shirts, before it set out.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was there, as she has been before the previous marches. She said she came to march and pray with them for an end to the violence plaguing the city, which has intensified since the rioting in April.
“It’s not about pointing fingers,” she said, or “making excuses. … It’s about stepping up.”
Event organizers, including Councilman Brandon Scott and 300 Men March leader Munir Bahar, said this year’s demonstration was focused particularly in memory of the 12 children killed this year.
Due to a spike in homicides, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently fired Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.
Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joined the speakers on the platform and addressed the crowd, vowing to “fight relentlessly” to make the city safer. But he also pledged to strive toward better police-community relations “based on two things — trust and respect.” Davis was elevated to the position Wednesday after the Rawlings-Blake fired Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.