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When looking for news on Baltimore, you’re more likely to find burning cars and shocking images of Black youth facing off with riot gear police. One beautiful story that failed to make major waves in the news was the call for peace from hundreds of clergymen and women as they banded together, linked arm-in-arm, to walk the streets and take back their city.

Deborah Weiner, a WBAL reporter said, “These are the church leaders who are putting themselves in harm’s way to end the violence… they are linked arm-in-arm… one gentleman is in front in a wheelchair. One of the most extraordinary things here. The clergy have banded together, different denominations, Pastors and Imams, are heading right now across North Avenue, as Maryland’s churches try to have good prevail over evil.”
The peaceful march is a strong contrast of the images that the media is perpetuating: burning cars and screaming, angry Black faces. Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant said, “Marching has always proved itself to be beneficial and effective to us. Violence has never moved to justice and that’s the message we have to get out to young folks.”

And let us not forget that Freddie Gray’s parents have asked for peace as well. “I want you all to get justice for my son, but don’t do it like this here,” Mr Gray’s mother, Gloria Darden, said during a press conference on Monday evening. “Don’t tear up the whole city just for him. That’s wrong.”

Gray’s twin sister, Fredericka, also spoke of the family’s distress and said she did not think the people wrecking the city were doing it in the name other brother. She said, “I think the violence is wrong. Freddie Gary wasn’t the type of person to break into stores. I don’t like it at all.”

Gray’s family has called for peace, but this is only day two of the unrest in Baltimore. Can their emotional urgings help stop the destruction? Can it help calm Baltimore’s residents down?

 

 

 

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