Two events to spotlight the tragedy of domestic violence

Two events to spotlight the tragedy of domestic abuse and domestic violence are taking place today and Saturday in Columbus.

The first is 6-8 p.m. today beginning in the parking lot of Country's BBQ, 1329 Broadway. It will be a march/vigil to Woodruff Park near the river, where guest speakers will address the crowd. Among them: a domestic violence survivor.

Purple lights can be purchased for the "Light the Night Against Domestic Violence" campaign.

This event is sponsored by Hope Harbour, which runs a local shelter.

Call 706-256-0237, ext. 114 for more information.

The second event is 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lumpkin Center of Columbus State University. The keynoter is Yvette Cade of Temple Hills, Md. She survived a dousing of gasoline and being set fire by her ex-husband. tht theme is "It's Never OK," and sponsored by Women Mighty in Spirit, a community outreach of Columbus House of Hope, Inc.

Call 706-320-1000.

Cade has been featured on Oprah, Montel Williams and Nancy Grace, among other shows.

Both events are free of charge.