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Many gather for Wilmington's powerful peace event

Sings for peace and equality hang high at Wilmington's gathering for peace. (Source:WECT) Sings for peace and equality hang high at Wilmington's gathering for peace. (Source:WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Members of the community gathered at Maides Park Saturday to celebrate equality. Wilmington’s Gathering For Peace is an event to raise awareness about how divided our country has been since the election of our newly elected president.

The gathering featured speeches by local activists, poetry readings and live music. Those attending included various chapters of the NAACP, Cape Fear Equality, Grandmothers for Peace and faculty members from UNCW.

"I want people to remember and understand that we do have a community and connection and we ultimately have the same goal of peace,” said Lauren Krouse, the event’s organizer.

People hung decorated signs and wore t-shirts with messages of justice and peace.

Local artists were on hand to sell their art work inspired by the gathering. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Wilmington Progressive Coalition. 

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