POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:13pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Officials from the Baton Rouge branch of the NAACP said they want the community to come together. So, they are hosting their Save Our Cities Now March.
Mike McClanahan, president of the Baton Rouge branch of the NAACP, said the march is a need.
"So I think knowledge is the key. We have to spread the word that we don't have to resort to violence to solve anything," McClanahan said. "We have to let those entrusted to take care of persons who are lawless to do that."
McClanahan said violence happens in the community more than we think, and emotions are heightened right now, especially after the verdict came out on the State of Florida versus George Zimmerman case.
"There was already someone there, but he didn't have a name or a face that was on television," McClanahan said. "So, I had to deal with someone who died senseless by the name of Cory, who was killed at a club by a security guard.
That's why -- McClanahan hopes this year's "Save Our Cities Now" march won't divide the Baton Rouge community, but bring peace and healing.
"We're still one, and we'll offer prayers to God that He will here," McClanahan said. "He will ease the pain of a mother who has lost a child. It will ease the pain of someone who's lost family members who were killed senseless by a drunk driver."
McClanahan said the community just needs to take a moment, stop, and come together to stop the violence.
"For our youth to understand that life is real precious. For parents to believe that they can send their kids to the store and they'll come back," McClanahan said. "However, this case here proves that in a twinkle of an eye, we can go from joy to pain."
"We'll come together, Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Buddhists, whomever, to pray to God that He will hear and answer our prayers and heal our land."
McClanahan said this march is non-denominational and non-political, and it's not about division. It's about finding answers.
They said everyone is welcome to join. The march will be held Saturday at 8:00 A.M. It starts at the Governor's Mansion and ending at the Capitol Building.