STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)- Community members in Starkville are praying for changes in the justice system and in law enforcement.
Pastor LeRoy Davenport of 16th Section Baptist Church led the Unity Prayer Rally Friday morning at J.L. King Senior Memorial Park.
Pastors from different churches, black and white, prayed and read scriptures at the rally.
Residents and police officers attended the event, too.
Davenport said the community prayed for systematic racism and police brutality- given what's happening in the nation today.
"The social and racial injustice throughout the world. I want to pray specifically for police brutality. We don’t have that issue here in Starkville, but it’s a problem in our nation. And as other nations hurt and other cities hurt, we hurt also,” he said.
At the rally, community members were challenged with meeting someone of a different race and getting to know them.
Pastor Joseph Stone of Second Baptist Church is involved with organizing the Starkville peaceful protest this weekend.
He said further details will be released about the location and time.