Friday, January 24, 2014


My Family Showed Support at Vigil for Gun Violence Victims

On Monday, January 20, 2014, the Powerhouse Family traveled to Richmond, VA, with Cathy Rainey and her organization People Helping Our Youth Everyday, Inc. for the 21st Annual Vigil & Advocacy Day. The purpose of this trip to the State Capitol was to come together to remember those Virginians who have lost their lives to gun violence (whether by homicide, suicide or accidental) within the last 12 months. It was put on by The Virginia Center for Public Safety.

Groups from all over the nation came out as we also celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated on April 4, 1968. We heard from key officials, clergy who offered prayers and youth who recited words of hope and healing once spoken by MLK. We even held up cut-out hearts to represent those who were no longer with us.

Afterwards, we were led to the General Assembly Building to speak with legislators with regards to what they can do to bring about better background checks for those try to purchase guns. The children and I had the privilege of speaking with House of Delegate Member Daun Sessoms Hester, who is not only my sorority sister but who I also grew up under in leadership at my childhood church Mt. Gildead.

We got home a little after 8 pm. It was a day well spent. My children and I were truly impacted by what we experienced. It was stated that this was the largest turnout thus far, which also included the most youth to participate in the vigil. We'll be attending next year's vigil.

Please speak out against gun violence as it affects not only the families of the victims, but the communities and our world as well. Get in touch with your legislators and tell them that you want tougher background checks on gun purchases. Guns left in the wrong hands can be a deadly situation.
Clara Huff signing House of Delegate Member Daun Sessoms Hester log book.

House of Delegate Member Daun Sessoms Hester speaking to the youth.
Group shot with House of Delegate Member Daun Sessoms Hester

Family photo with House of Delegate Member Daun Sessoms Hester

Me with House of Delegate Member Daun Sessoms Hester


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