LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Members of McNeese's NAACP chapter, and the Lake Charles community came together Tuesday to hold a candlelight vigil to honor Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five officers who lost their lives in Dallas.
The vigil had plenty of singing, praying and sermons from local preachers E.J. Kemper and Bruce Baker.
"This to me is not just a black and a white issue; this is about fairness; this is about justice in our society," said Baker. "There are more people that are with them than they probably realize and sometimes those voices are silent and they don't know what to say..." said Baker.
Members from McNeese's NAACP chapter also spoke about their feelings on the violence in our nation. Some also recited thought-provoking poetry.
The event wrapped up with everyone lighting their candles and coming together in a moment of silence, followed by a closing prayer.
Members of McNeese's NAACP chapter said they were grateful and happy with the turnout, and that their message of peace and unity was shared through the community.