Retired federal judge Charles Pickering was the featured speaker. He says reconciliation can have a positive impact on every segment of society.
"Well, it's the right thing to do, but if you want a better economy, if you want better jobs, if you want a higher quality of life, if you want to solve the problems, we've got to be able to discuss these problems together," Judge Pickering said. "We can't sit on the side of the table and say, ‘well, I'm white or I'm black.’ We've got to talk together because the problems that confront us are the problems that confront both African-Americans and whites, so we've got to learn to work together.
A similar theme was echoed by Rev. Nettie Winters, Executive Director of Mission Mississippi who also spoke.
"My challenge to the people this morning was that we ought to look at each other as new creatures in Christ, because that's what we are," Winters said. "And when we do that, we can't evaluate people based on what happened in the past or how we felt according to the person, so it's about the love that Christ wants us to have for one another."