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Hagerstown residents join actor Glover in Longest Walk 2

July 21, 2008

Hagerstown residents with Brothers United Who Dare To Care participated in the Longest Walk 2 earlier this month. Above, group youth leader Mollie Smith of Hagerstown is shown with actor Danny Glover, center, and Longest Walk 2 organizer Dennis Banks, right. The Hagerstown organization joined celebrities and others supporting the Native American initiative to clean up the environment and protect sacred land. The walk reached the steps of the U.S. Capitol on July 11 and walk representatives Harry Belafonte, Glover and Banks met with House Judiciary Chair, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to deliver a "Manifesto for Change" along with the original manifesto from the 1978 Longest Walk, which had initially been refused by Congress. The Longest Walk 2 consisted of two paths, both a northern and southern route, in order to bring awareness to and address environmental and sacred sites protection, cultural survival, youth empowerment and Native American rights. As they walked, the participants picked up more than 8,000 bags of trash on the roads they traveled across America.

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