This article was is from phillytrib.com is was written by Samaria bailey
Hundreds of youth, artists and social activists marched for non-violence and social change on Saturday in the Second Annual Philly Stand Up Take Over Youth Parade and Walk.
Organized by Hip Hop Party for the People, the parade began at Love Park and ended at the corner of Broad St. and Erie Ave., a nearly five-mile journey.
“We are marching because we love our youth and our city,” said Tommy Joshua, founder of the Hip Hop Party for the People. “The spirit must be encouraged within the youth [because] through the youth, we get the city.”
This spirit translated into a three hour demand for peace, quality education and social awareness that was expressed through drumming, chanting, rapping and motivational speaking at several site stops throughout the march.
One stop – at the School District of Philadelphia – featured youth speaking out against budget cuts. At other sites, social activists gave speeches that opposed gun violence and challenged youth to maintain their uniqueness and originality. A stop at Broad and Susquehanna Streets featured rhymes by local emcees and further North people performed break-dancing ensembles.
The Pyramid Temple #1 Drumline, a youth ensemble, provided the percussion for the entire march.
“I’m tired, but it’s worth it [because] we can make a statement,” said Malik Chandler, a 12th-grader and member of the drumline. He added that the parade was an important event because it could keep youth “off the street and motivate the community to do better.”
Other students shared similar feelings. Jade Huang, a 12th-grader at Swenson Arts and Technology High School, said she decided she would participate in the parade after hearing information about it at a local museum.
“The march gets people involved and lets them know the issues – teen violence, drugs and gun violence. I wanted to [march] to help make it safer for kids and future generations,” she said.
Rashawna Reddick, an 11th-grader in the drumline said youth were “representing and showing love” through their participation in the parade.
“This is positive for people my age because it shows respect and how much we care for our community,” she said.