Hip-hop activist and artist Devine Carama has been asked to lead the Lexington anti-violence initiative

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A new person is tasked with leading the Lexington anti-violence initiative.

Mayor Linda Gorton announced Wednesday that she has hired Devine Carama to direct “One Lexington”.

“Devine’s career is hard to contain on a resume, but her focus is clear and it’s young people,” said Mayor Gorton.

Carama is a local activist and hip-hop artist. He oversees several youth programs and teaches a course on hip hop and community engagement in the UK. He also collects coats for children in need.

“I was getting to a point where I was doing a lot of different things, but I felt like there had to be a cohesive way to bring these connections and tools together,” Carama said.

The One Lexington program is designed to keep kids away from guns by keeping them engaged.

Although he is used to being practical, Carama says he will spend the next few weeks listening to how he can best serve the community.

“I want to go and meet some of these organizations on the ground,” Carama said. “I want to meet our great police officers. I just want to learn, gain knowledge, then get started and work because it’s going to be collective once again.

Carama is expected to start work on June 7.

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