Bladensburg Mayor Takisha James, Council Member Carletta Lundy, and First Gentleman Walter James led the walk portion of the Fifth Annual Walk and Rally for Bullying Prevention and Child Safety on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Participants started out from and returned to the Bladensburg Community Center, after walking on Route 450 and then through the Bladensburg Community. It was the first chilly morning after a long, hot summer, but as the temperatures warmed, it turned out to be a beautiful day for a long walk. The walkers returned to the center and enjoyed refreshments provided by Wegmans at Woodmore Town Centre in Lanham, Maryland.
The rally was led by Dr. Clifford Thomas, president of the host nonprofit We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems. He spoke about bullying prevention and child safety and his students presented several skits. He thanked the town leaders who led the walk and the other special guests--Senator Malcolm Augustine, Delegate Julian Ivey, Jocelyn Route (candidate for Bladensburg council member for Ward I), and Jerry Mclaurin (People for Change Coalition) and Romuladus Azuine (Global Health and Education Projects), both representatives of We Lead By Example, Inc., partnership organizations. He also acknowledged Jeremy Weiss, Director, and Melanie Turpin, Activities Director, of the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission's Bladensburg Community Center.
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