Published May 26, 2016
PEARL RIVER, MISSISSIPPI – The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs and Domestic Violence was hosted and taken care of by members of the Mississipi Choctaw community. Ron Alex allowed long walkers to stay at his home.
Alex has hosted previous Longest Walks as they have made their way across America. He reflected:
“Dennis (Banks) always starts the Walk and he includes the Mississipi Choctaw. I enjoy the walkers being here, I see old friends and make new friends.There is a lot of work but when you see the cooks and everybody in the community pitch in together and make it work.”
Two Choctaw youth joined the Longest Walk as they walked in their community were 13 year-old twins, Kenton and Kenyon Comby from Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Kenyon Comby thought the walk was good exercise and said:
“Drugs will kill you!”
Felicia Rose Deere-Roastingear one of the walkers told Native News Online, “I’m walking for my self i have 34 days of sobriety , but if I can be an example to the Choctaw people, that makes me feel even better.”
The drum group Buffalo Spirit drummed and sang for the long walkers when they finished walking in the afternoon
In the evening, another drum group Southern Pines Singers drummed and sang for the dancers.
During the evening entertainment, Kendall Lashaun Wallace (Slim), Demetrius Williams (Shukaa) and Isaiah Billy (Extreme) danced for the walkers.
While the Southern Pines Singers drummed and sang three dancers demonstrated their skill. Kendall lashaun Wallace (slim), Demetrius Williams (Shukaa) and Isaiah Billy (extreme) danced in their regalia.
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