North Philly’s Day of Respect highlights efforts to prevent youth violence

    The Day of Respect is underway, held for the first time in Hunting Park.

    Normally celebrated in West Oak Lane, the annual event will pay special attention to this summer’s acts of youth violence around Philadelphia.

    Community stakeholders will join police and firefighters in the area until 8 p.m. to “honor the men and women who serve the community and protect our streets by bringing them together with youth.”

    It’s billed as a “festival of interaction” complete with ive performances, food, games and guest speakers like Professor Chad Dion Lassiter, founder of Black Men at Penn, and City Councilmen Darrell Clarke and Curtis Jones.

    The event takes place on the 1200- and 1300-blocks of West Erie Avenue.

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