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About Marilyn

Marilyn Washington Harris is a long-time resident of Oakland, California and a leading activist in the effort to eradicate and prevent violence against youth.   

On August 4, 2000, Marilyn's son Khadafy Washington was shot and killed while riding his bicycle. He was only 18 years old.  Khadafy had graduated two months earlier from McClymonds High School in West Oakland and was a well-known, much loved football player.  Marilyn turned her shock and grief into determination to call a halt to the cycle of violence. She sparked a citywide movement and a shift in consciousness by posting over 20 billboards and 500 printed tee-shirts emblazoned with a photo of Khadafy and a simple slogan - “Do you know who killed me?”

Her effort to find her son’s killer and stop the violence in Oakland evolved into the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-violence, Inc., which was incorporated as a non-profit organization in March of 2002. Today, the Foundation supports many efforts throughout the year designed to prevent violence and support Oakland families who have lost a loved one to homicide.  The Foundation hosts grief support groups; an annual Mothers and Families luncheon; Shoot Hoops Not Guns;  A Day of Peace, Celebration of Life; and other events to support survivors and to raise funds to help those in immediate need after a homicide.  The Foundation also advocates for the rights of victims and their families.

Since April of 2007, as part of the Khadafy Washington Project at Youth ALIVE! and in partnership with Catholic Charities of the East Bay,  Marilyn has been a first responder to scenes of homicides and in the homes of families and friends who have lost loved ones to violence as part of the Oakland Crisis Response and Support Network. She has assisted hundreds of families with grief counseling, memorial planning and preparation, and referrals to needed services including food, clothing, and government assistance.   Marilyn specializes in conducting trainings and motivational speaking in an effort to ease the pain of others going through grief and trauma.

Full bio of Marilyn Washington Harris here.

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