Volunteers take to the streets downtown, promoting "Days of Grace"

Volunteers take to the streets downtown, promoting "Days of Grace"

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Neighbors along Meeting Street in downtown Charleston's Wraggborough neighborhood were greeted with a special knock on their doors Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteers, promoting this weekend's "Days of Grace" event, took to the streets in a final push to gain momentum, and added participants.

The two-day conference, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday with a unity march and rally, also includes a series of "strategy conferences" inside the ILA Hall at 1142 Morrison Drive.

Wednesday, a group of eight volunteers, passed out flyers along the path of Saturday's march, which starts at Wragg Square at 342 Meeting Street, circles past Emanuel AME Church, ending at Marion Square.

So far, organizers say they've gained the support of more than 70 organizations, along with the commitment of a handful of union groups scheduled to travel from the West Coast.

"We're a community of diversity, we just need more democracy," said volunteer Kitty Kent.

"Days of Grace" looks to build on grassroots efforts following the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, preceded by the shooting death of Walter Scott.

Among the items of discussion scheduled for the weekend workshops are discriminatory policing, expanded voting rights, gun violence, and affordable healthcare.

"We need to make real the promise of unity," added Kerry Taylor, of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment.

Kerry said many of the core topics listed on the weekend agenda align with what Rev. Clementa Pinckney stood for as both a pastor and Senator.  Pinckney was among eight others killed inside Mother Emanuel by a single gunman, June 17.

"Our focus is South Carolina, but people recognize these are national problems."

For a complete listing of the weekend events, visit www.daysofgracecharleston.org.

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