By Minister Thomas Ellis
On Tuesday November 22, 2005 Enough Is Enough Coalition held
its 11th Annual Pre Thanksgiving Memorial Dinner for families who have lost a loved one to Guns and
The dinner was held at the
This years event featured a special treat a skit performed by the
(STK) Stop the Killing Productions.
Rev. Beckham Pastor of
Several families attended some for the first time like the
Hugs & Love this is when Min Ellis ask everyone to go over to
other tables and just give someone a hug show some love, this is to bring the families closer together and
to give them an opportunity to meet others who have the same thing in common the lost of a loved one.(Healing Process),
and this part of the dinner is more important
than the Turkey itself.
One of the speakers was Wali Hakim, (The Motivational Speaker).
This was the first year that Wali attended the dinner as well, you see his brother Ron Du was
murdered earlier this year in
Jackie Bundley President of (MOMSAD) whose son was
killed a few years ago spoke words of hope to the crowd.
Not only was the skit a special feature, but the
(POMY) Parents of Murdered Youth support group received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Newark Sharpe James
Declaring Nov 22, 2005 Enough Is Enough Coalition/Parents of Murdered Youth Day in the City of Newark NJ.
The President of the organization Minister Thomas Ellis also made
certificates of recognition awards presentations to all the cast of the skit, the cast is made up of
family members who have lost a loved one to Guns/ Violence and they have been performing the skit since Black
History Month 2005, their first performance was at the
Mary Birch Theater of Essex County College
Catering the event was Classic Catering. They have been catering
the dinner since 1998.
Larry Hamm Chairman of (POP) Peoples organization for Progress
gave the remarks, and told those gathered that Gun violence is one of our major Killers in our
After watching a great production, speakers, the many smiles, and
all the love that was displayed that night there was still one more thing, Minister Ellis brought
everyone up to the front and asked them to pray for the Walker Family, you see the Walkers are still going
through some things since the death of David and need your
prayers, as well as all the many families who have been victimized by Guns/ Violence.
The organization would like to thank all
the sponsors and supporters for with out your support the Dinner could not have been an overwhelming Success.
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More pictorial coverage is available on the Enough Is Enough Coalition Web site.
Here is a report on the 2004 Memorial Dinner
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