Tomorrow. November 21.
Plymouth Community Renewal Center, 1626 West Chestnut Street.
Dare to Care will host a silent march from there to Hodge & Eddy Streets and return. It’ll be over by 8:00 P.M.
The vigil will honor Bobby Ellis and is quite a moving reminder of the tragedy that moved this community to create Dare to Care.
From a Dare to Care release:
As families gather to prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Dare to Care Food Bank and Interfaith Paths to Peace are sponsoring a gathering to remember the Thanksgiving Eve tragedy that inspired community leaders to found Dare to Care Food Bank. On November 21, 2012, at 7:00 pm, Dare to Care and Interfaith Paths to Peace are inviting the public to a free event at Plymouth Community Renewal Center, 1626 West Chestnut, Louisville. From there, people will be given candles and invited to walk six blocks to the corner of Hodge and Eddy Streets for a moment of reflection. It was on that block, on Thanksgiving Eve in 1969, where Bobby Ellis died from malnutrition. Bobby was nine years old and weighed 20 pounds.
When our community learned of Bobby’s death in 1969, it responded. Leaders from multiple faiths united to rally the community to “dare to care.” Churches and other nonprofit agencies mobilized to get food to struggling families. Needing an organization to lead the effort, the community formed Dare to Care Food Bank. The work of Dare to Care and its anti-hunger allies for the past 43 years is the legacy of Bobby Ellis. It is this legacy that will be celebrated as people gather on Thanksgiving Eve to remember Bobby and renew a commitment to all families struggling today to put food on the table.
There are so many hungry children in this region that you should be mortified.
Here’s hoping people like Jim King and Greg Fischer – along with all other elected officials – show up again this year.
If you can’t make it to the vigil with a contribution, rich folks? Click here right now to give to Dare to Care.