Macon chapter of NAACP hosts prayer vigil for Charleston church shooting victims

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon Chapter of the NAACP hosted a prayer vigil Tuesday night for the victims of the church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dozens of Middle Georgians are calling for peace and unity across the nation. Organizers say by coming together as one, no matter the age, race, or religion, the country can start to heal.

“We need prayer for healing and peace and love and I think if we do this more often, hopefully it will get across to the nation that we have to come together as one,” Gwenette Westbrooks, the president of the Macon Chapter of the NAACP said.

Different leaders held prayers on prejudice and racism, peace, and love. Westbrooks adds the vigil was also about stopping violence in our community. She says she wants to host more prayer vigils in the future and not just during times of tragedy.

The local chapter of the civil rights organization is also planning a trip to Charleston this weekend. Westbrook tells 41NBC they are still finalizing plans, but it will be an overnight trip. The charter bus will leave Saturday morning and come back Sunday. It costs $60 per person round trip and $139 plus tax for the hotel room. For more information, you call the organization at (478) 754-9944.

Many Middle Georgia churches held prayer vigils over the last several days. St. Paul AME Church in Dublin and Steward Chapel AME Church in Macon held services praying for peace and unity. Chapel of All Faiths at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville is hosted a memorial service Tuesday night.

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