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The start of a national movement

With the riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and throughout nation, it's little wonder people are on edge. However, meteorologist, radio personality and singer Mark Anthony of Alexandria has proposed a national day of healing, Monday, Decembe...

With the riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and throughout nation, it’s little wonder people are on edge. However, meteorologist, radio personality and singer Mark Anthony of Alexandria has proposed a national day of healing, Monday, December 22.

The whole day will allow people to be consciously respectful of fellow Americans, everyone is invited at 1 p.m. CST to take a moment to share a hug, exchange compliments or offer needed apologies. Anthony is leaving it up to the people to decide how to celebrate.
“You can read into it however you want,” he said. “My main basis is the racial tensions across the country, but...I left it open. It’s a day just to acknowledge that we still have some healing to do in this nation.”
Anthony proposed the National Day of Healing after he saw a photo taken at a Ferguson protest in Portland, Oregon. It pictured an African-American boy with tears streaming down his face hugging a white police officer.
So how does one propose a national movement? It’s not an easy feat, but Anthony is starting small by doing radio interviews across Minnesota and sending out press releases to Associated Press, Minnesota News Network and more. He hopes it will catch fire.
“It is a day that we can just show that we love one another and that we don’t care about someone’s race or we don’t care about someone’s gender,” Anthony said. “We’re all human beings. We’re all put on earth for a finite amount of time, and it shouldn’t be a time of stress and resentment in our hearts.”
The photo also inspired Anthony to write and record a song called Just Finally Get Along. It deals with admitting mistakes and that there is a need to let go and move on.
Anthony’s former manager Larry Weir is in Los Angeles, California trying to gather various celebrities to sing Anthony’s song, much like social-awareness songs such as Do They Know It’s Christmas? from 1984 and We are the World from 1985.
Anthony hopes the National Day of Healing will bring people together and allow them a chance to intentionally live in harmony with others.
“I just think there’s a lot of angst in the country right now. I think things are at a tipping point,” Anthony said. “I’m just trying to do my part in bringing us all together.”

MORE INFORMATION

For more information or to listen to excerpts from Danger (In Her Eyes), visit markanthonyanderson.com, markanthonyanderson.net, or www.facebook.com/mark.a.anderson.9277 .
To listen to Just Finally Get Along, search for “Just Finally Get Along” on YouTube.com.

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