Monday’s crowd was multi-racial and mostly young. They prayed, sang and discussed plans for a June 19 rally in the city.
OneRace Movement co-founder Billy Humphrey (left) and co-executive director, Bishop Garland Hunt (right), pray during a 90-minute rally at Liberty Plaza on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Several members said they attended Sunday’s demonstrations in downtown Atlanta and believe their prayers and songs positively impacted other protesters.
Monday’s attendees included the Gitaitis family, who lives in Lawrenceville and attends Victory Church in Gwinnett County. The family, who is white, wore white T-shirts with handwritten messages such as “I’m not black, but I mourn with you” and “I’m not black but I hear you.”
Lawrenceville residents Kelly Gitaitis, her daughters, Selah, 16, and Gabby, 8, and husband, Greggory, attended a Monday, June 1, 2020 rally by OneRace in downtown Atlanta to show their support for efforts to improve race relations in the wake of national unrest, including in Atlanta, over racially-charged killings of African Americans. ERIC STIRGUS / ESTIRGUS@AJC.COM
The family said they wore the T-shirts Sunday. Some people, they said, seemed shocked by the messages. Others gave them a thumbs up.
Selah Gitaitis, 16, said she prayed with friends Sunday about the racial unrest and attended Monday’s rally to show her support with those actively involved in nonviolent protest.
“We do believe there is power in prayer,” she said.