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About 300 participate in 'Million Youth March'

NEW YORK (AP) — The Million Youth March, a flashpoint for controversy just five years ago, stepped off quietly Saturday with about 300 people joining in the six-block trek in Brooklyn.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, head of the New Black Panther Party, said the purpose of the march was positive.

"Our message to the young people is to stop the killing," said Shabazz, whose group sponsored the event. "Stop going to prison, complete school, go to work and try to rap better lyrics."

The march began with the release of white doves, a symbol of peace, before the crowd began its walk.