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Stop The Killing organizer vows to keep on keepin’ on

 

Stevie Moore has become widely known throughout many sectors of the Memphis community, but that was never his intention when he began the “Stop The Killing” campaign several years ago.  by Tony Jones
Special to the Tri-State Defender

Stevie Moore has become widely known throughout many sectors of the Memphis community, but that was never his intention when he began the “Stop The Killing” campaign several years ago.

 
 Stevie Moore and FFUN were on hand for this Garden of Light Vigil at Botanic Gardens with the Crime Victims Center. (Courtesy photo)

On Thursday (May 26) at 5 p.m., Moore and the Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives (FFUN) organization that drives the “Stop The Killing” campaign will show their appreciation to donors, supporters and volunteers through a reception at Lindenwood Christian Center at 2400 Union Ave.

Named one of the Tri-State Defender’s Men of Excellence in 2010, the ever hopeful Moore says we must learn to embrace others in what may seem a never-ending battle.

On Wednesday, he shared these thoughts with the Tri-State Defender:

TSD: What is your regular day like?

Moore: Just like anyone else. I get up and go to work, then come home afterwards, rest a moment and put some time into my hobby and my passion. We have a problem in this community and it’s a daily thing that we must do to keep it on people’s minds. We have to be constantly viligant to search for answers.

TSD: If poverty is a major influence for crime, does the shrinking of the middle class frighten you?

Moore: Not really, because it’s nothing new for us. We know how to take beans and rice and make cornbread. It’s more than just the money in your pocket. I walked away from a life of crime when I was younger, and started the organization FFUN (Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives). Too many of our children have been brought up on negativity. FFUN seeks to spread positive energy. Stop The Killing came to me after my son Prentice was killed.  I vowed never to remain silent.

TSD: How does that translate into effective action?

Moore: We try to make a difference by reaching kids one by one. I have so many children now I can’t remember their names (laughs)! And the same with many people on our team. Our supporters can give them that one moment of encouragement that can make a difference. We can all do that. One hour a week, ten minutes a day, just do what you can to reach someone. Very often it’s just a shoulder to lean on.

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