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BIRMINGHAM, AL -  The local chapter of the SCLC is urging Birmingham residents to stop the violence. 

Birmingham Police Officer Keary Hollis was shot and killed last Saturday while off duty. He will be laid to rest this weekend. Also, last weekend, an incident at the Foxx Trap Gentlemen's Club ended with one security guard being fatally shot. 

Members have announced plans to hold monthly town hall meetings to address political issues, violence and prevention methods.

The group will focus on adults and children, and will offer parenting workshops focused on teaching children how to make better decisions

"We're initiating several initiatives to help stem the tide of escalating violence by African Americans," said Calvin Woods.

The group met today at Kelly Ingram Park to address recent murders in the Magic City and to pray for peace. They stood in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue -- A man who's mission was equality and peace.

"Our people, black people, need not so much preaching, preaching, but teaching, teaching, teaching," Pastor McPherson said. 

They plan to empower men and boys of color, teach adults anger management and parenting skills, hold monthly meetings on ways to phase out crime and bring people to the church.

"We certainly must use beyond ordinary measures," Bishop Woods said. 

They ended the morning -- and hopefully bloodshed in Birmingham  -- by calling on God and praying for peace. Their wish: to stop the fighting and finish what Dr. King started.
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