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Bond Community prayer vigil offers comfort and a call for change

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 23:35:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Friday was a night of healing in the Bond Community as hundreds gathered to reflect on the tragedies of the past few weeks.

A community loving each other through its pain, and calling for action.

Community members are leaning on each other in times of grief, comforting those who have lost loved ones to gun violence, and looking to the future.

People of all ages, looking to the future, from mayor John Dailey to 11-year-old Malik Webb, along with The Omega Lamplighters.

"I'm smart, and I'm black, and I'm young," said Webb. "And I'm proud of it."

Those who came to hear a call to action left with one.

Organizer Talethia Edwards laid out steps to move the community of Tallahassee forward.

"Call out racism, call out prejudice and injustice," Edwards said. "Call out implicit bias."

People of all races and backgrounds shared the moment.

"It was great to come out here tonight and see one Tallahassee," said Jason.

Youth leaders like McKinley Wilson urged young people to make their voices heard.

"The youth have a role to play in this movement," Wilson said. "The youth have a role to play in creating change for our community, for our country, for our world."

Tallahassee's community coming together, healing the hurt and taking action to stop it in the future.

"In the present, you have to plan for the future," said Elaine Bryant, city commissioner. "And tonight, that's what we're doing."

The call to action continues June 29 with a Zoom call for the first Tallahassee Forward Collective meeting.

Information about that meeting is available by clicking here.