In the photo at left, Victor Griffith speaks to a crowd about his turnaround — from being in jail for breaking and entering to becoming of member of Richmond Community College’s student government — at a vigil against violence on Cauthen Drive Saturday morning as County Commissioner Daryl Mason, Sheriff James E. Clemmons, Jr and Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly look on.
Griffith said he credits Mason for helping him to straighten out.
The rally, organized by concerned parent Elise Wall, also featured a cookout, back-to-school supplies, a bounce house for kids and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog and the Rockingham Fire Department.
There were other student representatives from RCC, passing out information on how to further one’s education.
Thomas McDonald, Student Government Association president, also spoke during the vigil.
“We’ve learned how to pull up our pants, tighten our belts and sharpen our minds,” he said.
Wall, who has been holding vigils in front of her apartment every Wednesday since April, said she hopes to branch out to other neighborhoods with community events.
Photos by William R. Toler | Daily Journal