'Save Our Cities' initiative leaves big mark: hundreds gather at Capitol steps
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Hundreds of people marched to the Louisiana State Capitol steps, right before the rain came through, to express one thing; they want to save our cities.
"We are here to pray for the city, for the nation and the state."
These people, young and old, came together with one common vision. Dr. Lloyd Benson is the founder of save our cities which is a one day event that takes place in different cities across the U.S. and now it's here in Baton Rouge.
"So were here believing and praying today for some change to take place in our community," noted Dr. Benson.
And this gathering and day of prayer is in its 14th year. It’s something Dr. Benson says is working.
"We have seen a reduction in crime, a better economy, and we have seen prayer get back into school systems because of save our cities prayer initiative around the country".
And even at such a young age, kids like Ja’Mya Rucker see the problems that surround our city and our nation.
"Sometimes I am scared to be in my house and I just feel that crime is a big thing in the world that we should put a limit on," said Rucker.
She wants to be the change.
"As a young person I feel that its a good thing to do something positive after all the negativity that you see."
And with events like these that spread prayer and positivity, she says it can make a difference with the help of everyone.
“I feel that were so young and to know so much is a very positive thing and we can make a big impact if we all work together."
People came from as far as New York and California to be a part of this event Saturday.