WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Members of the "Peace for the Port" organization were out on the town in Wilmington Saturday.
The group assembled at the New Hanover County Board of Education building on South 15th Street and marched down to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on South Eighth Street. The group passed through local housing projects during the trip, picking up more followers on the way.
Richard Bracey, a man originally from Wilmington, drove over four hours from Virginia for the march. He said he wants to help end the violence in the area by participating in the event.
"Whatever problem it is, we talk about it, you know what I mean- get a resolution to this," said Bracey.
Monique Simpson, a public relations representative for "Peace for the Port", said the march would give a face to the non-violence organization.
"People hear about "Peace for the Port", but they don't see it," said Simpson. "So what we want to do is march through all the neighborhoods that have the most trouble so they know that we're here."
Ralph Evangelous, Wilmington Police Chief, was also present at the march. He was pleased with the event's turnout.
"This is positive. This shows support on both sides- on the police department's side as well as our community as a whole, and this brings us together and I believe it can make a difference," said Evangelous.
This is the second "Peace for the Port" march of the year.
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