Week of Youth Activities Attract Celebrities While Tackling Gun Violence Initiatives

Organizer Frank Marshall with recoding artist Rick Ross

When local Jacksonville artist Lamarco Wilcox, a former Jacksonville recording artist, was run down and killed in 20011 by his girlfriend, his friends vowed to ensure his legacy would be one of positivity.

Last weekend the fourth annual Boss week was celebrated at various Duval County locations. National recording artists Rick Ross and K. Michelle headlined the official concert complimented by youth oriented activities including  a bowling social, teen empowerment workshops at the Boys and Girls Club, an awards dinner, celebrity basketball and the Gloves Up, Guns Down charity boxing match between Franklin Marshall and Reginald Walker at PURE nightclub.

Boss Week was founded by entrepreneur and brother of Wilcox Frank Marshall who founded the non profit Lamarco Wilcox Men of Balance. The charity provides guidance and teaches leadership skills to the youth by creating and supporting positive community initiatives. During Boss Week, local entrepreneurs, athletes, personalities, community leaders and more come together to cultivate future leaders. After the Gloves Up, Guns Down charity boxing match, Mr. Marshall walked away with the win and explained, “This boxing match was inspired to discourage gun violence but we can’t stop here, it’s going to take a community effort but we have to start somewhere,” he said.


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