“Baltimore is a place that stands up for itself,” Bridgeford said. “The fact that we call a ceasefire every three months because we deserve it is proof that we stand up for ourselves.”
This weekend’s event comes after 38 people killed in the city in July, making it the deadliest month Baltimore has seen since May 2017, when there also were 38 homicides. During the last weekend in July six people were killed.
Bridgeford said she is usually nervous before ceasefire weekends, worrying that people haven’t heard about the call for peace.
One day she hopes the quarterly event will be recognized as automatically as holidays like Halloween or Christmas, she said.
Events began at 10 a.m. Friday morning, with a planned “Celebration of Life” memorial service in the Park Heights community for families who have lost loved ones in the area.
Bridgeford planned to give the opening remarks to start a rally at Lord Baltimore Hotel at 5:30 p.m. before some churches lead peace walks around the city.
The group also plans several family events, such as the 29th Street Hoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Barclay Elementary Middle School at 10 a.m. Saturday and the Reservoir Hill Resource Fair and Music Festival at German Park at 11 a.m. Saturday.