Macon Regional CrimeStoppers hopes to use music to sooth the savage beast of crime. The Stop the Violence tour with rapper Sonny Spoon kicks off this weekend at Memorial Park on Second Street with a job and health fair Friday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and a celebration featuring food and live music Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Memorial Park on Second Street.
About 500 people are expected for the program provided through a Safe Neighborhoods Grant program and in cooperation with the NAACP, said Warren Selby, chairman of the board of the local CrimeStoppers organization.
"Sonny's been out there promoting it," Selby said.
The rapper, who spent time in federal prison for gun and drug violations, warns young people of the dangers of joining a gang and embracing illegal activity. CrimeStoppers will be asking folks to submit their own rap songs to add to the "Rhyme against Crime" campaign, Selby said.
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Events are planned in six other neighborhoods before the end of July.