March organizers take prayerful approach to protest

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A second round of metro protests happened Wednesday after a grand jury declined to indict a Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. The decision was revealed on Monday night.

A group called "Communities Creating Opportunity" marched from Woodland Avenue and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard to the Country Club Plaza. It ended at the J.C. Nichols Fountain, a demonstration different than others we have seen so far. Organizers called it the KC Prayerful Response.

"It is definitely an example of a peaceful protest crossing racial boundaries, geographic boundaries, people coming together to stand for justice,” said James Terrance of Friendship Baptist Church.

A group of a couple dozen people marched from east to west. The route signified the unification of Kansas City, the march ended with a prayer service at a recognizable symbol of our city, the J.C. Nichols Fountain.

"These are persons who come from very diverse backgrounds with differing views. You should have heard that when people prayed. Everybody's not praying for the same thing and that's alright," said Wallace Hartsfield. "This forum provides space for us to come and bring our prayers and potentially bring common ground."

The KC Prayerful Response movement was born three days before the grand jury decision in Ferguson.

"This was not contingent upon the announcement of the grand jury," Hartsfield said.

Organizers in the faith community, from different denominations, say this movement is offering their statement about racial reconciliation in our community.

"We can peacefully demonstrate an injustice without destroying property and without violation of law, and so we want to show to others that there is a redemptive way in going about in terms of protest," Terrance said.

Like Tuesday night's protest that started near the plaza, Kansas City, Mo. police were present and provided city buses to shuttle people back to their cars on Woodland Avenue.

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