Man Up looking for others to help make community better, safer


by Rachel Platt

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 11 at 6:08 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The group Man Up is canvassing a neighborhood Monday night, where a grandmother pushing a stroller was shot and robbed of her purse on July 30.

It’s the same group that held a news conference at the scene, calling it a punk move by the suspect.

The group is looking for others who share the same values, making our community better and safer.

At the restaurant Food 4 Ur Soul in Louisville, there was a prayer to start the meeting for the group. Then there was soul searching about their continued mission.

The principles they live by were proudly displayed on their shirts. Those principles include: responsibilities as an individual, provider, husband, father and community leader.

These are men who work full time but find the time to be part of this group and make a difference as a man.

Man Up got plenty of positive feedback for holding a news conference after a grandmother pushing a stroller was shot, robbed of her purse and any feeling of safety in her community.

Man Up didn't mince words, calling the robbery a punk move.

It was personal; many in this group living just blocks from where it happened at 31st and Broadway.   Meshorn Daniels said people applauded what they said, saying it’s about time someone stepped up.

But Man Up doesn't want just talk, they want action and will go back to that neighborhood Monday night to see if they can get information about the suspect, and talk to residents about safety.

Ray Barker is a former Metro Police Officer, now a business owner, who said the community needs to be engaged in one voice.

Martin Smith was so moved by what Man Up is doing he traveled from out of town to get involved.

This group said they are here to stay and hoping other males will raise the bar and Man Up and be men.

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