This story has been updated.
By Steve Eberhardt, contributor
One hundred people gathered in Oakhurst’s Harmony Park on Sunday, Dec. 18, for a rally to address concerns about injustice and oppression. The rally was organized by Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter (CC4D:BLM) and a coalition of justice-focused organizations. Participants marched to the park from Oakhurst Baptist Church, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, and the Atlanta Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
Speakers representing diverse groups encourged those attending the rally to work together in the fight for social justice and create a supportive community. CC4D:BLM will be meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, 118 2nd Ave, Decatur, GA 30030.
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R. Tariq Abdul-Hagg from the Islamic Speakers Bureau addresses the crowd gathered at the rally in Oakhurst.
Participants in the rally listen to speakers calling for the community to work together for social justice.
Chanel Haley, Transgender Inclusion Organizer for Georgia Equality, speaks at the rally in Harmony Park.
Royce Mann performs his poem, “All Lives Matter. but…” at the rally in Harmony Park.
Collin Cornell from the organization Showing Up for Racial Justice speaks about his awakening to the need to fight for social justice.
Rally participants hold signs which read, “Black Lives Matter.”
Pastor Brady Radford from Oakhurst Presbyterian Church tells the crowd gathered in Harmony Park that, “We can’t grow if we don’t struggle.”
Tasha White from the Create Community 4 Decatur Steering Committee speaks about the importance of public education.
During the rally in Harmony Park, participants hold a sign that reads, “Black Lives Matter. Silence = More Deaths.”
A participant in the rally in Oakhurst holds a sign that reads, “Stop Racism.”
Participants in the rally carry a banner representing the Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter organization.
Participants march from Oakhurst Presbyterian Church to Harmony Park for the rally calling for social justice.
Gayanne Geurin, Leader at Congregation Beth Haverim, leads the rally in “Ella’s Song” which states: We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.
A crowd that marched from Oakhurst Baptist Church, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, and the Atlanta Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends listen to Tasha White during the rally in Harmony Park.
A participant in the rally in Harmony Park holds a sign that reads, “Jobs with justice.”
A representative from Oakhurst Baptist Church holds a sign that reads, “Do justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.”
A person in the crowd in Oakhurst’s Harmony Park holds a sign that reads, “Stop Racism.”
R. Tariq Abdul-Hagg from the Islamic Speakers Bureau reminds the crowd at the rally that, “We are all immigrants.”
A crowd gathers in Harmony Park for the rally calling for social justice.
Correction: Two photo captions have been updated to include the correct name of one of the organizations and the correct name of a person participating in Sunday’s rally.
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