Choctaw County holds second peace rally

Published: Jul. 5, 2020 at 9:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2020 at 11:16 PM CDT
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Butler, AL. (WTOK) - Protesters raised their voices and marched to make a change in their communities Sunday. But this didn’t take place here in Meridian. Newscenter 11 traveled to Choctaw County where protestors spoke out against injustice and racism.

Several Choctaw County Pastors and protesters came together Sunday for a unifying peace rally.

“Our pastors and local leaders have prayed that this event will show the nation that we are signifying a stand of solidarity. You see a lot of rioting and looting in the nation but not in Choctaw County. We’re not going to stand for that in this county but what we do want is for our voices to be heard. What better way to do that with a peace rally,” said lead organizer Avary Bonner.

A group of citizens marched in front of the county’s courthouse, peacefully spreading the message of love and unity.

“We just want to make sure that every citizen in the county it was loved. We have to show the love of God in everything we do. We are a county that wants to prosper, to show unconditional love and that we are our neighbor’s keepers,” said Bonner.

“It’s not about the violence that’s been going on in other cities. It is about understanding, it is about love, it’s about caring and it’s about respect,” said Butler First UMC Pastor Dric Williford.

The peace rally was lead by 11 pastors where they gave a speech denouncing racism and making a declaration for justice.

“It seems like the town of Butler has this wonderful tradition that isn’t so wonderful. The people who are African-American and the people who are white seem to get along really well but we don’t go to school together and we don’t go to church together. That’s not as a whole. This is a great opportunity to get us together. To help us to talk to one another, to love one another and to care for one another. I have only been here for a year. That’s a person who came here as a pastor and saw the outside of what’s going on,” said Williford.

Pastor Dric Williford said the goal of the rally was to show the community different church leaders stand in unity.

The Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department was there for the public’s protection.

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