UNION — A rally designed to bring together people from all walks of life and provide words of hope and encouragement emphasizing the common humanity of all will be held this Friday.
The Rev. Tommy Mann, pastor of Putman Baptist Church, announced Monday that a “Union County Unity Rally” will be held this Friday with the goal of promoting “Unity and hope among all” in the community.
“We’re holding this in light of some of the things that have been going on in our country lately such as the shootings in Dallas, Minnesota, and Louisiana,” Mann said. “There’s a lot of hard feelings, a lot of strong feelings and so we’re trying to give people a few words of hope and encouragement.
“We’re trying to get people of all walks of life to come together,” he said. “We want to show that it is not us against them, that we are all part of the human race, that we’re all created equal by God.”
Mann said that those taking part in the event are asked to assemble at the Family Dollar store at 400 E. Main St., Union for a Unity March to the Union County Courthouse which will begin at 6 p.m. He said the rally itself will be held at the courthouse and begin at 6:15 p.m.
The rally, which Mann emphasized will not be political in nature, will feature Jantzen Childers and Shon Morris who Mann said will each sing a patriotic song. Mann said that Union Public Safety Director Sam White will lead the pledge of allegiance. He said that he and the Rev. James Mason, Moderator of the Pacolet River Baptist Association, will then speak for five minutes each. Mann said that Union County Sheriff David Taylor will speak about things to do and not do when confronted by law enforcement. He said that two prayers will be presented during the rally, one by Rev. Brad Goodale of Philippi Baptist Church and the other by Lakesha McKissick of Impressions Outreach.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.