(Toledo, OH) Approximately 80 people marched through the North End today in a unity rally for peace. The event, organized by the North End Ministries Alliance (NEMA), sought to promote "peace, love, reconciliation, and justice."
This neighborhood was the center of the October 15 riot that ocuurred after an aborted neo-Nazi march by the National Socialist Movement (NSM). March organizers hoped to project a more positive image of the neighborhood through the march.
I covered this event in the North End for the Toledo Free Press; you will have to wait until the next edition for the whole story and the higher quality photography. Historymike possesses neither the skills nor the high-end equipment of talented Free Press photographers DM Stanfield and Ryan Hufford. Any good pictures I take are either due to sheer luck or sheer volume; I subscribe to the theory that more pictures equals a greater chance that one will actually have some merit. Thank God for digital photography, or I would be broke from the cost of developing film.
Not all neighborhood inhabitants welcomed the marchers. This Central Avenue dog was highly agitated at the crowd that sang and prayed along the thoroughfare.
His Saturday morning reverie was interrupted by the crowd, as well as by pesky media types requesting interviews.
Speaking of media, I saw representatives from most of the major local media but one - FOX Toledo. You can decide for yourself what that means.