CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of people will make their way to Charleston over Labor Day weekend to honor the lives of the Emanuel Nine and Walter
Scott for an event called "Days of Grace."
On Sept. 5 a march and rally will take place in downtown Charleston, starting at Wragg Square, circling to Mother Emanuel and finally ending in Marion Square.
"It's not only going to be a day of grace, it's going to be amazing, it's Amazing Grace," Dot Scott, President of the NAACP Charleston branch, said.
Over 70 organizations have pledged to support the idea of unity and change by the International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 Chapter.
"We have to heal and we have to do better," ILA Local 1422 member Leonard Riley said. "That's the challenge we face, and that's the mantra of this call to action."
"I think what happened with Walter Scott and the Emanuel Nine has led to individuals understanding a new sentiment, and we have to translate that into action," said Linda Ketner, a social activist.
"The strategy behind this event is to workshop these issues," Riley added. "Talk about them. People of all faith, all hue, we want an honest conversation about these things that negatively affect us."
Some of those issues the group plans to discuss at the conference following the rally are health care, education, and public safety.
"Ways to reduce gun violence in the city, ending police brutality, a host of other issues that are all connected, that are all inter-related," said George Hopkins, with South Carolina Progressive Network.
"The hope is that it will change the course of this nation, change the way we do business for every single human being that's born, that's a citizen of the United States," Riley added.
The conference will be held at the ILA Local 1422 hall, 1142 Morrison Drive. On Sept. 5 it will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Sept. 6 it will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Some of the families of the Mother Emanuel victims will be present for the event as well as Walter Scott's family.