Droves of community members gathered at Peavy Park in South Minneapolis on Thursday for the 2nd Annual Stop the Violence South Side Community Cookout.
Presented by T.O.U.C.H Outreach & Corcoran Neighborhood, the community outing featured free food, information vendors, and music by spinmasters DJ Ray Mills, DJ Ones, and DJ Enferno. Host Ashli Henderson kept the attendees laughing throughout the day, even though a few dark clouds threatened the festivities.
The food was provided by Jerk Station, Ralph’s Rib Crib, and Love That Poundcake, among many others. The event drew a large crowd, many vendors, and kid-pleasing interactive games.
With corporate support from Target and media support from KMOJ community radio, the annual event is poised for future growth.
Security was provided by Minneapolis police. It was the second consecutive year the celebration took place without incident.
Al Brown is a contributing writer at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.