Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thousands March In Unity in Charleston

Excerpted from The Post & Courier:

Thousands gather for Bridge to Peace event: ‘We will rise above the hate’

(Charleston) has been praised for its response to a shooting that left nine dead Wednesday night in Emanuel AME Church, but a walk Sunday night across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge put residents’ solidarity into perspective.

Police estimated that 10,000 to 15,000 people gathered for the Bridge to Peace Unity Chain, an event held to promote unity and peace.

People gathered on both sides of the bridge — named after a former state lawmaker and Confederate flag supporter — and marched until they met in the middle, cheering and congratulating each other with open arms.

Khalil Santos smiled as one of his sons peered at the crowd from his shoulders.

“I want my kids to understand what this represents,” he said. “I want them to understand that hate is not the way to live. I want them to have brighter futures and I want them to see the unity, no matter race or color. We are still united.”

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