GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - An event in Gulfport aimed at uniting the community in order to stop violence, welcomed dozens of people to Club Illusions.
It was the first annual Stop the Violence Movement, hosted in part by a prominent Gulfport night club owner, who says it's time people in the community work together to end violence.
"I think what's happening is if we all come together, learn to live together, work together, and do more things to create jobs for the youth and give them things to do, I think that a lot of this violence would stop," said George Bush who owns Illusions night club.
Bush, along with other people and groups like Brothers of the Struggle, helped organize the family friendly function in hopes that citizens of Gulfport would come out and get to know one another. The belief is that communication can help stop violence within the community.
"The kids got to see well. They got to see a change and see us come together and for them when they grow up. Friendship is important, being kind, having good manners is important as well," said Jerell Brown.
Reginald Williams, Jr., who performs under the name Phenomena, along with Gerald Christmas, also known as Young Lion, entertained the crowd with their song entitled, Love. Young Lion said the lyrics speak to many of the riots and protests happening across the country.
"We've been going through so much in America and all over the world. I've been thinking also for the children, we must bring love to everyone," said Christmas.
While the crowd danced to the music, Williams, who produced the song, hopes they also learned a lesson from the lyrics.
"I've realized the power in music, and the civil rap music states that. There's a message in the music it can be something really really really positive, if you use it," said Williams.
Club Owner George Bush says he hopes to continue anti-violence events throughout the year.