Beckley residents march for safer streets


The great Martin Luther King Junior once said “darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“We’re not demonstrating against anyone, we’re just walking for safer streets. Streets grandma could walk on,” Pastor David Allen said.

The message is simple.  Families and friends gathered Saturday in Beckley to walk and unite all communities.

“We want a better community a stronger community, a safer community somewhere where our children can grow up and be free,” Allen said.

Frank Williams, a citizen of the East Park and newly elected Councilman for Ward three, is challenging residents to not only make their area safer, but also to beautify it.

“Start cleaning up around your own house, you know don’t put trash out there, but you know the sad thing is when you see a lot of trash in the neighborhood, once we see it, let’s pick it up,” Williams said.

One day, the dream, Pastor Allen says, will come true.

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we just want to be able to live life,” Allen said.

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