NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News is fighting crime with community outreach. One of the outreach efforts is the Southeast Community Day and parade at the Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza.
The goal of the festival to take back the streets from crime and violence.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, was the keynote speaker Saturday at the festival. Dr. King spoke about her father's legacy, and rededicated the memorial. She also encouraged residents to be the change they want to see in their community.
Organizers of the event say the festival is also an effort uplift people in a community where they don't always feel safe. They use the opportunity to reach out to people and connect them with available resources.
"We are out here to decrease teen pregnancy, decrease high school drop out rates, and increase job production by increasing the standard of living for this community," said Dr. Michael Edwards with the Southeast Community Planning Committee.
"They city needs more things in this area like skating rinks to keep children active instead of turning to crime," said resident Barbara Newby.
This is the 23rd year for the festival.
The festival wraps up with a gospel concert at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center at 7 p.m. There will also be Gospel Music Celebration Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center.
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