Two local events will call for peaceful dialogue

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:22 p.m.

Two events in Gainesville on Saturday will serve to encourage peaceful dialogue locally once a verdict is reached in the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford.

A Prayer Service for Racial Unity will be held downtown at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE First St., at noon Saturday.

Then at 6 p.m., a rally will be held at Bartley Temple United Methodist Church, 1936 NE Eighth Ave., to pray for the family of slain teenager Trayvon Martin and to urge Gainesville and Alachua County residents to remain peaceful in the wake of the trial's outcome.

Both events are being organized by the Rev. Milford Griner, founder of the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage committee and senior pastor of Pleasant Plain United Methodist Church in Jonesville. Griner will preside over the rally at Bartley Temple, while Griner and the Rev. Louanne Loch, rector of Holy Trinity, will officiate the service at Holy Trinity.

Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of 17-year-old Martin, who is black, in Sanford.

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