Path to Peace, an ecumenical effort to fight racism in Baldwin County, is planning two events for Sunday, Oct. 7, in Spanish Fort and Foley.
The first will be 3-4:30 p.m. at Foley United Methodist Church’s Spirit Building on North Pine Street, in a “Christian Witness for Racial Harmony.” At 4 p.m. the “That They May Be One” event will kick off at the Spanish Fort Civic Center in a call to build “a stepping stone to lasting friendships beyond racial boundaries.”
The events come on the heels of reports of Ku Klux Klan activities in Silverhill, where flyers recruiting KKK neighborhood watches and business cards appeared seeking members.
“I think they sent some flyers out or something really not very far from my home,” Clyde Jones, one of the Path to Peace organizers, said. “They’re active so we have to be even more active.”
Nolan Donald, senior pastor of the Foley United Methodist Church, said the event will include a picnic lunch provided by area businesses and cooked up by officers of the Foley Police Department.
“The origin for Path to Peace came out several years ago when there was a lot of police shootings and shootings of African-Americans,” Donald said. “The birth of it was law enforcement folks and our black citizens saying, ‘We don’t want that to be the case here. We want unity here.’”
Jones, associate pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Daphne, is helping organize the Spanish Fort event. He has been involved with Path to Peace since its inaugural event in 2016.
“It was established to try to bring the different churches together and different cultures and races together and try to reach beyond those racial boundaries,” Jones said. “The Oct. 7 event is a collaboration of many different churches coming together. Pastor Joe Johnson of Mount Hebron Ministries in Mobile will be the speaker. It will be worshipping, fellowship and eating. That always brings people together.”
Jones said the first event in 2016 was a success but there have been no events since. He hopes to rekindle the effort with events this Sunday.
“I’m excited about the organization and I’m excited about the guests that we have coming up,” Jones said. “I’m sorry it took us two years to get it done because we had a great event in Daphne in 2016, so I’m looking forward to this one. We tried to get as many people together as possible.”
Donald said he is glad the group is expanding from the Eastern Shore and wants to join with law enforcement to encourage understanding between races and cultures.
“Pastors from South Baldwin County had been involved in that event in Daphne and they thought we ought to be able to bring that to South Baldwin County, too,” Donald said. “I joined with other clergy, law enforcement officials and interested folks in the community working to bring what they had seen on the Eastern Shore to South Baldwin County, too.”
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