A Yazoo County pastor wants to spread a message of peace and justice through the memory of the late George Floyd, whose tragic death continues to make national headlines.
Rev. Willie Washington sponsored the George Floyd Memorial Mobile Road March Against Injustice in America last Saturday. The march was held in Benton with a peaceful rally on Nod Road. The march included about 15 vehicles, with about 35 adults and children.
Washington was very pleased with the attendance and response from the peaceful movement.
“It was a lot of prayer, meditation and discussion about how sad it was for a day of remembrance in America when our nation should have been about peace and justice for all that a peace officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota decided to be on the wrong side of justice,” Washington said. “After much dialogue with God Almighty, Jesus told me to do something in the rural community. Then, after much more prayer, meditation and discussion, it evolved into the George Floyd Memorial Rural Road March Against Injustice in America.”
Washington said he specifically chose Yazoo County as the first place to hold the memorial since it is his hometown.
“There is no place like home,” he added.
Washington said he hopes the crowd in attendance and the remainder of the community will reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
However, Washington said he also hopes a message of love and unity is also shared with others, adding that all are one body under Christ.
“We are one big family of the one and only true God,” he said. “The creator of the heavens and the earth and besides Him there is no other God. We are all a part of humanity. When God, whose name is Jesus by the way, created Adam and Eve, He created all the races that are on the earth today, tomorrow, and forever. In fact, He created you and me, Jew and Gentile, African Methodist, United Methodist, Missionary Baptist, Southern Baptist, Episcopalians, Catholics…”