Saturday, July 18, a group of concerned citizens in Rockford rallied together to hold a March Against Violence.
This march consisted of more than 20 individuals who wished to bring the community together and stand tall against criminal activity and violence.
The march started on West State Street, followed Kilburn Avenue north and then came back south on Rockton Avenue to West State.
Yahcolyah Muhammad, a community supporter and march participant, stated, "We are marching because we want to continue to shed light and raise the voice on the rise in violence, not only in Rockford but throughout the world."
The four-mile march represented organizations like United Way, Booker Washington Center, Northwest Community Center and the Nation of Islam, who all set up programs to combat violence in Rockford.
"If we are not present, if we are not visible, if we are not giving our activity, our solutions to our communities," Muhammad says, "then we leave those who perpetrate violence without any accountability or checks or balances."