• Local activist group joining Ferguson protests

    By: Trish Williford


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As continued prayers and calls for peace ring out in Ferguson, Missouri, one local activist is heading to the protest.

    John Barnett with the group True Healing Under God will take his team to the streets of Ferguson this weekend.

    He said his goal is to promote calm and peace in the midst of anger.

    “We can’t bring Michael Brown back. We can’t bring Trayvon Martin back.  We can’t bring Shawn Bell back but we can forgive those and move on,” said Barnett.

    Mario Black with the Million Youth March Organization in Charlotte is urging young men and women to watch the images from Ferguson and learn from them.

    His group will hold a vigil Thursday night, not only to pray for Ferguson but also to teach.

    “We want the young people as a whole to know how to respond to those situations,” said Black.

    The prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jonahville AME Zion Church in Huntersville.

    Black is urging all young people in our area to show up.

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