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Group hosts second 'display of love' walk to spread unity

Posted at 11:06 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 23:06:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- In an effort to bring more unity and peace to the River City, community members of all ages and backgrounds came together for a prayer walk Sunday at Maymont park in Richmond.

The second "One Mile One Mission" walk was organized to bring people together for discussion and fellowship in order to help promote social change.

"It's a group of people from the community, parents and children of all ages is coming together while there's so much division be displayed," organizer Janiel Youngblood said. "We wanted to give a display of love and actually walk in love together."

Youngblood, who is the owner of the church financial consulting firm Youngblood and Associates, said last month that the idea for the "One Mile One Mission" prayer walks came from God.

"In the midst of all the racial unrest that was happening, [this is] just a way to promote love and unity," Youngblood said last month. "I thought that having an opportunity to be active outside and walking and having an opportunity where people are literally walking in love and together, being able to listen to one another and open dialogue. I thought that was really important to actually show love, not just talk about it but actually walk it out."

While Sunday's walk was held at Maymont, it was streamed online for those who could not attend but wanted to hear the group's message.
The group held a similar walk last month at Deep Run Park in Henrico County.

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