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Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Kick-Off National Bullying Prevention Month

In commemoration of this year’s national bullying prevention month, the Tae Kwon Do Ramblers, a group of martial arts students, their parents, and many local area participants in Bladensburg, a suburb of Washington, DC, USA, on Saturday, October 3, organized a very successful first annual Walk and Rally for National Bullying Prevention Month.

The participants were led down the sidewalks by Bladensburg Mayor Walter James and accompanied by Bladensburg police, and other civic and political leaders in the city.

“Rain didn’t bother us on October 3! They braved the cold, misty rain and marched from the Bladensburg Community Center down a main road leading into Washington, DC, and back to the community center,” said Susan R. McCutchen, of Tae Kwon Do Ramblers, one of the lead organizers of the annual rally/walk.

She added “They carried signs and chanted and were greeted by honking shows of support from passing motorists. The day culminated in a stirring rally at the center’s gym.”

At the rally, Grandmaster Dr. Clifford L. Thomas’ students performed skits to demonstrate ways to address bullying encounters. “I’ve been speaking out against bullying since 1970,” Dr. Thomas told a local news organization.

Cross-Section of Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Students at the Rally

Maryland Senators Joanne C. Benson and Victor Ramirez; Prince George’s County Delegate Jimmy Tarlau; Bladensburg Council Members Trina Brown, Walter Ficklin, and Beverly Hall; local and regional activist Malcolm Augustine; and adult bullying prevention activist Novella Matthews all spoke at the rally and made it clear that this community actively cares and acknowledges the work that needs to be done to mitigate bullying behavior.

We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems is a leader in bullying prevention and supports efforts against bullying throughout the year.

Tae Kwon Do Ramblers is a community partner of the Global Health and Education Projects (GHEP). Both GHEP and Tae Kwon Do Ramblers are members of the influential People for Change Coalition, a membership organization of non-profits and minority businesses in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

A short video on the rally can be viewed on the organization’s website.

To learn more about the organization, contact Susan R. McCutchen or check-out their website.