Community leaders gather for special day

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 2:13pm

State Senator Thelma Harper, Metro Nashville Public Defender Dawn Deaner and Tory Williams Barnett, President of a local group of artists and actors, are among the participants in the first annual “Unity in the Community Love Day” being held from 2-8 p.m. Saturday in north Nashville at Hadley Park.

This event, which combines musical performances with spoken word segments and inspirational speeches, is designed to foster participation and activism throughout the African-American community, while also encouraging youth to participate in positive events and take a stance against gang violence.

The Harold M. Love Sr. Foundation and the Galaxy Star Drug Awareness organization are collaborating on this event, and tickets to the UniverSoul Circus’ upcoming Nashville performances will be given away. Everyone who receives a ticket must pledge not to participate in gang violence or any other illegal activity.

Music City film actress and model Chandra Walton along with urban entrepreneur and media personality Freddie B. will serve as co-hosts. Several local entertainers are set to appear. They include M.U.G., Diallo, Ron D, D-Revolution, Capo, Top Notch, and The Peacemakers.

WQQK-92.1FM, WFSK-88.1FM and are the event’s media sponsors, and Deck TV is recording the event to air at a future date. Interscope Records’ D.J. Rage will be the official disc jockey.

What: Unity in the Community Love Day
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave. N.
Cost: free and open to the public
Info: 862- 8451