By Jacques Couret
Atlanta took part this Valentine’s Day in a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls — One Billion Rising.
Click the photo on the right for a slideshow of the day’s events.
Speakers at the Georgia Capitol in the morning included choreographer Debbie Allen, SPANX founder Sara Blakely, Rev. Dr. Bernice King, Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley,Evelyn Lowery, Laura Turner Seydel and Bishop Barbara King. They called for increased awareness, education, and prevention efforts through increased funding for initiatives to end violence against women and girls in metro Atlanta and Georgia.
More than 2,000 later held a flash mob at Woodruff Park — the largest flash mob in Atlanta history, the group claimed. It was choreographed and led by Debbie Allen.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.