OAKLAND -- There are still tickets available for a Thursday night fundraiser to benefit a foundation that works to reduce youth violence, organizers said.
Civic and community leaders will join members of Oakland's Khadafy Foundation for Non-Violence to honor Joseph E. Marshall, the host of the violence prevention radio talk show Street Soldiers, which was originally hosted by rapper MC Hammer when it debuted in 1991.
Marshall has been a recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant and a San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award for redefining youth violence as a public health issue and developing programs that have helped change the lives of some 10,000 young men and women through the Omega Boys Club and Stay Alive & Free Training Institute.
Marilyn Washington Harris founded the Khadafy Foundation after her 18-year-old son, Khadafy Washington was shot dead on the campus of McClymonds High School in West Oakalnd in August 2000. Harris said she quickly found that there was no one to help her navigate the difficulties that come in the immediate aftermath of a homicide. Since then, she has helped thousands of relatives and friends of homicide victims.
This is the 12th anniversary of the fundraising dinner, which is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Scott's Seafood in Jack London Square in Oakland. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door. Speakers will be California State Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Oakland City Councilmember Libby Schaaf. Proceeds benefit the foundation.