Marchers show love, unity in 'Let There Be Light' Walk across Ravenel Bridge

VIDEO: Marchers show love, unity in 'Let There Be Light' Walk across Ravenel Bridge
Marchers gather for the "Let There Be Light" Unity Walk in response to recent shootings. (Source: Live 5)
Marchers gather for the "Let There Be Light" Unity Walk in response to recent shootings. (Source: Live 5)
Source: Live 5
Source: Live 5

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People from the community walked a portion of the Ravenel Bridge Sunday night to make a stand against violence and for justice.

The "Let There Be Light Walk" was held in the pedestrian lane of the bridge after participants gathered for a short program and prayer at Waterfront Park.

Many brought their cell phones to light the way together as they walked.

Organizers said the goal was to simply show love for humanity, a desire for unity, and justice for all.

Krista Ely had the idea for everyone to come together after listening to the song, "Let There Be Light" after the recent shootings.

"I am completely overwhelmed, it was such a beautiful thing this is exactly what I had in mind." Ely said. "There were people hugging and loving on each other."

During the walk across the Cooper River Bridge The Mt. Pleasant Police Department joined with community members. It was a time to show support for the recent shooting victims from Lousiana, Minnesota and Texas.

The police chief of Mt. Pleasant said it was this time last year he was standing in front of thousands for the Unity Walk on the bridge after the church shooting at Mother Emanuel AME. Today the same message was spread in front of hundreds one of unity and one of peace.

"The hearts of these people here are so pure and so genuine," Ely said. "The resounding message that I think was overwhelming tonight was that it's okay to have discussion, it's okay to talk. There are topics such as race and racism that people don't want to say. They don't want to mention they think it's taboo, but at this point where we are in this country we've gotta make a change."

Ely's boyfriend Michael Coulter was at the walk too. He says he has a friend in Dallas who lives close to where the shootings of the police officers took place.

"This is a part of Dallas too, this is part of the two victims as well before that, the events that have happened have led us to where we are today," Coulter said. "Certainly my heart goes out to everyone."

At the end of the walk everyone came together for prayer with their lights shining bright and hugged and showed love towards one another.

Others came out to the walk to show their support.

"We all need to come together as one and people need to realize what's actually going on," Caitlyn Hunter said.

For more information, you can visit the event's Facebook page here.

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