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Hundreds gather for Charleston Days of Grace Unity March

Marchers listen to speakers at the Days of Grace on Saturday. (Photo Source: Live 5) Marchers listen to speakers at the Days of Grace on Saturday. (Photo Source: Live 5)
Marchers pass by Mother Emanuel AME Church, where nine parishioners were gunned down in June. (Photo Source: Live 5) Marchers pass by Mother Emanuel AME Church, where nine parishioners were gunned down in June. (Photo Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Hundreds joined forces in the Holy City Saturday as part of a movement calling for an end to violence and injustice in our society. 

Families of both the Emanuel 9 and Walter Scott, led a march as hundreds followed in support from Wragg to Marion square in downtown Charleston.

The Emanuel 9 were nine parishioners gunned down inside the Mother Emanuel AME Church in June. Walter Scott was an unarmed motorist fatally shot by a former North Charleston Police Officer.

"We're saying no to stopping this terror because we don't need anymore of it," says Emeka X who traveled from Atlanta for the march to stand in solidarity with others who are pushing for changes.

Rukiya Dyllahunt grew up in Charleston during the Jim Crow Era and she says there are so many causes people are fighting for "whether it's around police accountability, whether it's around voter rights, whether it's around the school to prison pipeline with our youth, it's not just happening in one place."

After the shooting of Walter Scott and at Emanuel AME Church people of different races were moved to unite.

"The Charleston massacre just sent a signal to people around this country," Dyllahunt said.

Marchers sang "We Shall Overcome" as they stopped at the church on Calhoun Street and listened to words of inspiration from Emanuel's interim pastor, the Rev. Norvel Goff.

"Faith is stronger than fear and love always overtakes hate," Goff said.

"There's much work to be done, but I'm hopeful some change, some real change will be made." marcher Clara Benson said. 

"We need to start working together and show more unity," marcher Lamont Deinkins said. Deinkins came from Virginia to participate.

After the March, several speakers talked about the need to take action beyond Saturday's events. Among the speakers were family members of the Emmanuel 9.

"My momma always taught me, like I said, you don't hold hatred in your heart," Nadine Collier, daughter of church shooting victim Ethel Lance said. 

Other parents said they want to send that message to their children.

"I want my son to know that there's always things that we need to be thinking about beyond ourselves and that we really need to be aware of what's going on in the world around us," Lisa Cover said.

Sunday morning the Days of Grace will kick off with an interdenominational service at 7:30 a.m. downtown at the International Longshoremen’s Association building off Morrison drive.

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