MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A large group gathered at City Hall Friday morning for a prayer breakfast in conjunction with Reconciliation Week. Local pastors prayed for leaders in Lauderdale County.
Beth Sharp attended the breakfast. She says she was happy to see so much unity in the room.
"We can move forward together because we certainly don't need to do it apart," Sharp said.
Sixteen years ago an employee at the Lockheed Martin plant shot and killed six of his co-workers before killing himself. Reconciliation Week was designed to remember the lives lost while building a stronger community.
Reconciliation Week chairwoman Stacey Miller's father was one of the victims. She now helps plan the events that happen during the special week, including Friday's prayer breakfast.
"We wanted to show the community when you experience that type of loss there's a way to change that grieving into something positive," Miller said.
After the breakfast, a panel met to discuss building bridges in the community. Panelist Wade Phillips told Newscenter 11 the importance of this discussion.
"Sometimes we find out we're not as far apart as we think we are so I think that's one of the big goals of this," Wade said.
Friday's event was facilitated by Mission Mississippi, an organization designed to help reconcile racial relationships.