Knoxville former rival gang members unite to ‘Heal the Land’

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – As people celebrated Dr. King and his peaceful protests, there was an unlikely show of solidarity among former rival gang members, all hoping to reinforce a message of peace in Knoxville.

Standing side-by-side and holding a blue and red bandanna tied together two men walked down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Monday with the goal to stop the violence and save Knoxville. Behind them marched other members of “Heal the Land Knoxville.”

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It’s been just over a month since Knoxville teen Zaevion Dobson lost his life shielding his friends from gunfire. His death and the violence on Knoxville’s streets were still fresh on the minds of many at Knoxville’s annual Martin Luther King parade in East Knoxville.

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The “Heal The Land Knoxville” is made up of former gang members and members of the community. During the parade the group wore t-shirts showing four hands holding different colored bandannas representing the four major gangs in the United States. Before the parade, “Heal the Land Knoxville” sold 500 of the shirts.

To learn more about Heal the Land Knoxville visit their Facebook page.

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