WICHITA, Kansas – Wichitans gathered at Murdock Park Sunday afternoon as a call to action, standing up making a change.
Around two dozen people came together at a Break the Cycle of Hate rally. The topic of conversation was the church shooting last week in Charleston, South Carolina.
The event was put on by the Seed House and included several representatives from various community groups who took to the podium to speak out about the next steps the community can take in response to the shooting in Charleston.
Those who turned out also split into groups to create thoughts that would be a part of a traveling mural that will be used for future events.
Durell Gilmore is one of those who attended the rally.
Gilmore says this event prompted him to come out because he feels it was actually aimed at making a change and a difference.
“This could easily find us in any church, any school, any place of business, right here in Wichita,” said Gilmore.
Mary Ware, one of the organizers, said instead of just voicing thoughts and frustrations it is time to do something.
“Something has to change, something has to happen, this is the beginning of getting serious and actually looking at what we really need to do,” said Ware.
Ware says they’ve already got four calls to action they plan to achieve this week.
One includes a trip they have planned for Friday to Topeka to speak to lawmakers about making a change.